HomeCare 300 - British Gas / House damage and other problems caused by British Gas
I am complaining about: British Gas Homecare 300
Times and dates are approximate.
Thursday 5th July
Booked a service visit and specifically requested an UNVENTED Engineer. Promised a same day visit that afternoon because mentioned that Francesca is heavily pregnant Engineer failed to arrive. Phoned British Gas to chase the engineer and was promised first thing in the morning between 8 and 10am
Friday 6th July AM Engineer failed to arrive Phoned British Gas to chase the engineer again
Friday 6th July PM Lee (un-certified on un-vented systems) arrived. He was unsure what he was doing but turned up the pressure on the heating system because it was low and switched on the heating which caused a huge bang (pipe burst) like an earthquake and water to pour through the ceiling in the lounge. The engineer (Lee) phoned another engineer to get help and we was advised to book someone else to re-visit. Lee passed me the phone for his manager (Andy) to explain that although he had caused the burst pipe we would have to claim on our own home insurance for the damage caused as the burst pipe was in the ceiling and they would have to remove the ceiling downstairs to find the burst.
An engineer was then promised for a Saturday morning (7th) visit
Saturday 7th July AM Matthew the engineer stayed for around 3 minutes during which he assessed the problem and said he would have to return for a longer duration on Monday
Monday the 9th July Matthew re-visited. Smashed holes in the lounge ceiling with a hammer to locate the burst pipe, found 3 pipes with damage, replaced. Advised us that we are missing a flow-control switch on the boiler and that the boiler thermostat may be faulty and will need replacement. Matthew promised to replace the central heating pump in the cupboard upstairs, repair a small leak on a pipe below the pump, to replace the boiler stat and fit a flow control switch to the same boiler. Parts are out of stock and will be ordered. Matthew left us with hot water but no heating (not a problem)
We were due to go on holiday from Friday so suggested that we would call upon our return to book British Gas to finish the job
On our return from holiday we had a letter stating that the parts had come into stock and to call for the appointment which we did and was told it needed to be booked in for a long duration appointment so she would get it booked with that department as she could not book those types of jobs and she needed to email them. She would call me back within 1 hour. No call back came, so I chased that afternoon, I was then told that no-one had booked the call at all so she would do it again and I would get a call back. No call came. Eventually after 2 more calls I got a call back with an long duration appointment time of Monday 6th August.
Monday 6th August
Matthew arrived at midday for the long duration job and stayed 15 minutes. During which time he apparently fitted a flow-control switch. This did not fix anything whatsoever. We are still treading water from the explosion that British Gas engineer caused the first time.
14th August 2007 at 07:00, Rachel
When toilet is flushed there is a loud banging noise from the hot water tank area, like a pipe banging against the wall and hot water tank not filling completely with hot water. Booked a visit with British Gas, requested an UNVENTED Engineer. Engineer due between 12 midday and 6pm
Mark arrived mid-afternoon Changed PCB on boiler in garage as he found it was only sending 130 volts instead of 240 volts. The part is a manufacturer recommended exchange as the existing board is known to have a fault. Before he left he discovered that we now have an air-lock somewhere in the system and the taps are not feeding water immediately. Left as is. We now have to wait for a loud bang before any water is fed to any of the cold taps.
Booked another call Friday 24th for Wednesday 29th AM
I have now had to pay 50 excess to my insurance company for the claim to fix the ceiling and water damage that British Gas caused in the first place. But we still have all the problems that we started with.
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