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Root
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So the ceiling in our (upstairs) laundry room started leaking. After some troubleshooting, we determined it was the A/C, and not the water pipes. (The house is cheap as hell and fucking stupid.) We did some troubleshooting and research, and tried fixing it ourselves; no luck. Cleaning the pipes from outside: no joy. Cleaning the pipes from inside: no access. The attic is ... small. Maybe half a small closet? and doesn’t give access to fucking anything. The builders must have installed everything before putting up the walls and ceilings, sealing everything off, because there is no access. It’s fucking stupid. Also, the usual maintenance openings aren’t even there either because why the fuck would they be?

But fucking whatever.

We called an a/c repair guy, who never showed. We assumed he was busy (it’s fucking hot), so we called him again the next day; two days later he showed.

Busy. Whatever.

Guy didn’t bring a ladder. Whatever, we have one right there in the hallway because we’ve been trying in vain to fix it.

Guy didn’t bring a wrench of any kind. Guy didn’t bring a screwdriver. Guy didn’t bring a bucket. Guy didn’t bring any pipe. Or any pipe sealant. Or fucking anything but his sagging fucking pants, fat belly, and fat stench. We had to supply everything, which fortunately we had on hand as we were already trying to fix it. Hoorah for being proactive.

Guy said he drained both primary and secondary pans. Somehow. Without access. I’m not even convinced it HAS a secondary pan. Guy said he cleaned out the pipes, too. From inside the house. Without access. Somehow. Maybe he did that from outside, without tools, while I was chasing the brats and someone else was watching the fat bastard. Who knows; I wasn’t with him most of the time.

When he was done, the guy said “pay whatever you think it’s worth” (or whatever). Fine, if he actually cleaned the pipes out and it isn’t leaking anymore, that’s great.

Guy leaves.

We go up to check. AND THE FUCKING A/C IS STILL LEAKING. BUT NOW IT’S FROM BEFORE THE PIPES, TOO. AND HALF AN HOUR LATER, THE LAUDRY ROOM CEILING IS ALSO LEAKING, WHICH MEANS THE PIPES ARE STILL LEAKING.

It turns out the asshole broke the pan.

We call him back, he goes blah blah blah, we send him a video. Drip, drip, drip.

His response?
“The pan must be rusted.” IT’S FUCKING PLASTIC.

“Oh, in that case, it’s probably a rusted coil that’s leaking.”

a) HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW IT WAS FUCKING PLASTIC IF YOU DRAINED IT?

b) THE COILS CARRY FREON, NOT WATER, AND THE A/C IS STILL WORKING. IF THERE WAS A LEAK, SHIT WOULD BE HOT. AND RANK. FREON SMELLS NASTY AND DOESN’T CAUSE IT TO RAIN IN THE FUCKING HOUSE.

REPLACING A COIL IS ALSO A $2000 FUCKING REPAIR.

THE FAT BASTARD PROBABLY BROKE THE PAN INTENTIONALLY JUST TO UPSELL. I WANT TO FUCKING MURDER HIS LYING FUCKING FACE OFF.

It’s possible he didn’t break the pan intentionally, so I’ll tentatively remove that from his charges. BUT TO FUCKING LIE?

LIE AND DIE, FUCKER.

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  • 10
    Would have not even let him in without ladder or tools. That is sort of dead give away of what is gonna happen.
  • 8
    @superposition Didn’t think about the ladder because ours was visible from the entry way, and carrying them in is definitely a pain. Didn’t know about the tools until he was already in and investigating.

    But I agree, it’s absolutely a good indication of “doesn’t know what the fuck he’s doing”-itis.
  • 4
    You seem to know more about ACs than this guy... Where the hell did you find him? Don't your family/friends know anyone of trust to recommend to you? Whenever we have a problem that needs fixing we always find someone to do it through friends/family.
  • 8
    @neeno We did some research; girlfriend’s dad used to work on refrigeration units (ice machines, etc.) which are functionally identical, so he knows the technicals.

    Also, we called a repair service; this is the guy they sent out.

    They also sent out both a water damage and drywall guy, who were knowledgeable and professional. Both wore single-use clothing and masks the entire time.

    This asshole wore his normal clothes, lost his mask in the attic, and didn’t bother to put it on again. I don’t particularly care as we already caught COVID, so we’re (probably) immune, but still.

    But every single thing he did was wrong and unprofessional as hell.
  • 6
    Decline the charges.
  • 4
    I'd never have let him in if he comes in normal clothes without any tools. That's a clear sign of lack of professionality. But it's the sad state of thinned out work ethics...
    Your story reminds me of Louis Rossmann (the YouTuber) who had his new shop floor made... they butchered the floor and made up excuses. The floor was completely uneven and shrieking, unbearable in a shop with customers going in and out.

    Some workers just don't care at all and are just working to get money and as an "occupation therapy" as we use to say.
  • 2
    @Root speaking from a bit of experience with the AC in our server room at work - the plastic drain pan can become very fragile over time and start to disintegrate on it's own. Had that happen where we ended up gluing ours and applying an additional coating to strengthen it.
  • 3
    @theKarlisK That’s what I’m thinking. It’s old and brittle, and he broke it while trying to do... whatever it is he was doing. But he very specifically said it was rusted through and leaking. Despite it being plastic and not leaking before he arrived. 🤦🏻‍♀️
  • 1
    @PonySlaystation
    Closed shop states are really bad about that. Lots of people who can't be fired because they pay union dues.

    I support unions, but they do have a downside.
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