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I bought Lennar's home and it was closed November 23, 2005. We had a number of warranty issues with this property, due to poor construction well below Lennar standards. The warranty department was unresponsive, or slow at best, and bordered on hostility at times. They demanded that we sign off the unrepaired open items when the normal warranty period expired. These issues culminated in a refusal of the first Tenant to renew their lease and strained relations with the next Tenant to the point we had to release them from their contract. I am suffering significant loss due to these problems.

Warranty issues included an inoperable dishwasher that took forever to get repaired, ill-fitting doors that were hung so poorly that one could insert a finger in the crack and see sunlight from inside a closed door, and other issues discussed below.

The present issue at this time is the air conditioning system. Problems with the A/C surfaced in the pre-closing walk-through on November 11, 2005 when it was noted that the A/C does not cool. The home is a rental property and was occupied in December 2005 and the A/C worked until August, 2006. It failed on August 15 2006 and we reported the issue on the Customer Care/Warranty process on the Lennar web site. We got no response until Lennar acknowledged the request on August 22, a week later.

We emailed Lennar once again on August 28, 2006 (still under warantty) that the A/C did not work. Lennar's system says a representative from Christian Plumbing and Air Conditioning went to the home on August 29, but the Tenant says no such repairperson ever showed up, and because we had rekeyed the house there is no way Christiansen could have accessed the house without the Tenant there to let them in. On October 10, we reported that the repairs reported in August had not yet been done and the work was accomplished until a week later on October 17. The technical details of the A/C problems can be sent, unfortunately can't be attached here.

The same problems resumed and our request for repairs of January 2, 2007 was not answered until January 9, 2007 when the Lennar warranty rep said it was out of warranty without regard to the variable parts/labor warranty periods on the A/C. On March 3, 2007 the new Tenant complained bitterly about the A/C. Christiansen Plumbing and Air Conditioning responded six days later that the defrost board was out, with parts under warranty but labor was not, and finally did the work on or about March 16, 2007.

This did not remedy the problem so we had to send our own A/C technician, A K Air, Inc., who found a Freon leak and re-welded the copper pipes to the outside unit. He also found the defrost board out of order again, as well as a number of other issues. The unit needed a new compressor, possibly because it had been running on low Freon and lack a Freon filter dryer, which permitted trash and debris to circulate freely in the system. It may also need replacement of the 4-way valve. The Freon filter dryer was missing. Since the zoning controller was not working, he changed the system from a dual zone to a single zone, and realigned the zoning controller for a single zone.

It was the opinion of our A/C technician that the crew that originally installed the A/C were poorly trained. The welding of the copper Freon pipes to the exterior unit was rough and leaked. The unit had no Freon filter dryer, which exposed the system and compressor to damage from bits of trash and debris in the roughly welded system – the poor workmanship of the installation suggests it is likely the copper pipes had a lot of trash and debris in them. The defrost board was defective and the zoning control board was not properly installed. It is not clear that the 4-way valve is installed or working correctly, and it can’t be tested properly until there is a proper compressor to provide the needed pressure. In either event, the 4-way valve may have been factory installed or it may have been shipped with the York unit to be installed in the field – their factory rep says York works both ways.

Overall, the warranty service system was inept at best and was possibly conniving. Constant delays of a week or more to respond to simple repair requests appear more like efforts to drag feet until the warranty expires than an effort to cure construction problems.

We are asking for a full reimbursement of the $4, 369.99 it cost us to replace the system, plus the approximate $425 to replace the 4-way valve if it is found damaged after the system is replaced and pressure is available to test the 4-way valve.

After, we bought a brand new house. Should we expect to spend close to $5000 for repairing cost only in the beginning of its second year? PLEASE HELP! Please let us know what we can do! and we will do it!


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    Hoping for justice Oct 17, 2009

    So sorry to hear you are having problems with Lennar. Join the club. Don't give up fighting because that is what they want you to do. We just filed a complaint with the Better Buisness Bureau. Try doing that. Maybe if they get more cmplaints it will help all of us dealing with Lennar.

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  • Da
    daveinsc Mar 27, 2010

    I am so thankful that people like you post these problems with this company. You may have saved me a huge headache and money I have been saving for years to buy a nice home in the southwest. I have read far to many complaints about Lennar, and I have yet to read any positive reports about them. I am sorry that you have lost so much money for a faulty a.c. unit, and problems with the company. I hope you will get your money back. You probably know this, but the Better Biusiness Burea is great at helping with problems like this. I know Lennar lost a sale due to the number of complaints they have, and I doubt I am the only person who decided to go with another builder.
    Thank you for your post.
    Dave W.

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    Poochie2 Apr 09, 2012

    I TOTALLY agree. I purchased my Lennar home in 2005 and just recently found out I, too, have a freon leak in the a/c pipe. I called John Moore out to assess the problem and they told me the unit was poorly installed. He also said the house has a dual zone (which he described as the cheapest and quickest method). Who really knows how long my family and I have been exposed to the freon leak. It was recommended that the entire unit be replaced ($8, 000). Right now, I can not afford to do that so I left with having to get a window unit to make it through Texas summer heat. I might be able to get any help with my situation but I am determined to make as much noise as I can about the poor quality and service of Lennar.

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  • No
    North Dallas Texas Jul 16, 2014

    I have been having problems with the A/C unit in my Lennar house since I bought it about 5 years ago. The house is approximately 2200 sqft two story with one A/C unit with a dual zone system. The house doesn't get cooler than 78 during the Texas summers. I have had several A/C companies look at the unit and the duct work. They all agree the dual zone system was a cheap way of qualifying a smaller A/C unit for this size of a house. I have two options but a bigger unit on or put an addition small unit. Either way I'm looking at around $4, 000-$6, 000 to fix a problem that should have never passed inspection before the builder sold the house.

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  • No
    no lennar Aug 15, 2018

    Unfortunately I own 3 Lennar homes in Orlando area and I have hated every second of dealing with anyone associated with Lennar. Only reason I have bought Lennar is because of the very good communities they developed in Orlando.
    But buying process is horrible and the MOST stressful you can ever imagine, all sorts of delays, no help, sales agents who actually should be in jail based on all the lies they tell, zero construction oversight thus leading to all kinds of shoddy quality.
    On my brand new home from 2014, I have had 2 replace both downstairs and upstairs AC units twice already and had looong list of things that were done wrong that lennar promised to get fixed within first year and never did. Keep calling keep chasing and you get no response.

    I only bought Lennar because of the location and overall community, but I would advise people to look for other options and keep buying a Lennar home your very LAST choice.

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