By Darcy Nemo
April 28, 2018 10:28pm CST
Our heater seems to have some simple ignition problem but since the weather has been pleasant enough, we decide not to do a thing about it yet except to get a few quotes via online or by phones. Some heating and cooling companies have been very interesting. Some demanded our detailed address before giving us a quote. (That tactic was used by the locksmiths we had contacted a few months ago too.) The latest company I called, the man ended up beating about the bush for about 15 or 20 minutes, before giving me any quote. In that time, I rolled my eyes a few times (a chance to exercise my eyes I guess! ) listening to his voice going on and on about life and its treachery, and how dishonest other companies could be when they gave their potential customers a lower quote than it should be, only to trick them into paying more later. He did have a point there of course and I in a sense, appreciated his free tip, but at the same time, I was surprised that asking for a quote could be that complicated. As it is, his quote is similar to other companies, give or take about $20 from the few hundred dollars they asked. I might (or might not) call this guy, depend on how things turn out. It would be funny if our heater's ignition suddenly worked again by itself... Have you ever got extra service while asking for a quote like I did? (I got a free philosophy lecture didn't I? . I heard that in some Europe countries, some postmen gave stud service for free while delivering posts. Isn't that amazing? (I don't need that of course! ))
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• Manila, Philippines
@YrNemo hahaha. We call them when there is internet problem because it is really slow. Imagine you are calling for a problem and then they start doing sales talk. I do not if it is to distract us from the slow connection or to make us avail of the whatever products they have. How can we avail of more if the service is really bad.
@aureliah At my age, I have decided to not bother chasing after new technology. My kids laughed hilariously when they saw those photos of the ground or my feet (I didn't even know that they were there, my children happened to check the camera and photos of those phones...).
• United States
Let's hope the heater starts working again on its own ! I loathe getting quotes. But I will try to make the most out of it by asking a lot of questions - and like an interview, I might base my decision based on the way they answer - but of course the big deal is from the actual quote. I don't appreciate pushiness, scare tactics, let-me-get-on-the-phone-with-my-manager-on-speaker-phone-and-let's-see-if-we-can-work-out-a-deal-right-now, too much me me me talk - it's all for free too, but they are instant turn offs for me.
In our old property, we had a fancy (fake logs) gas heater, very pretty, but we had to fork out $250 or something similar every year to service it. We were told that we had to do that in order for it to work (the man was from that specific heater company!). A painful business paying that money every year . (we had it installed almost 2 decades ago, we just left that property a while ago!).