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Appliance Repair Plan
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Rating: 1/51

LANSING MI -- I have been paying $44 a month for almost 4 years and had a hot water heater go bad and was not able to repaired. I was told on multiple occasions that if it was not able to be repaired I would receive money towards a new one. The only way they would give me $300 is to upgrade to the gold plan for a minimum of 12 months at $90 a month. This is a total scam and tell you what you want to hear until a claim is needed to be paid.

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Ripoff
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Rating: 1/51

ORTONVILLE, MICHIGAN -- I have had Consumers appliance coverage for 16 years because I am single. Now they are not covering anything. My refrigerator quit 2 years ago and I was told it was not repairable so I had to buy another one... it was old so I went out and bought another one. My washer broke and it is only 2 years old. Consumers said they changed my coverage and that I would have to pay $298.77 for a part for the washer. I found the part online for $179 and change.

I drove to a place and bought the part for $241.53 so they were marking this up double or substantially anyway. I was hung up on and just simply abused... BEWARE MICHIGAN RESIDENTS THIS PROGRAM IS A RIPOFF. I am switching to a home warranty through my insurance agent or going to DTE.

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Appliance Repair Plan
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Rating: 1/51

LANSING, MICHIGAN -- Signed up for the repair plan, but when I needed it they couldn't come out for two weeks. My refrigerator stopped working and we were living out of coolers in a 90 degree heatwave. I attempted to cancel the policy that I had for the past 8 yrs and they refused stating that I could only cancel on the anniversary date. Not the day before or the day after only on a specific date.

I filled out the online complaint for the attorney general of Michigan and suddenly they could cancel the plan and refund my money. I also complained about the sky high rates we pay and they tried to tell me that they charge the same rates as Detroit Edison. HAHA, what a joke! My bill quadrupled even with fewer electrical items, a smaller better insulated house and moving from an electric water heater to gas.

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Apliance Repair Plan
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Rating: 1/51

GLADWIN, MICHIGAN -- After 2 years of thinking I was covered for AC they said I wasn't. I also found out the normal plan just gets you a repair. If you opt for the gold plan you're still only covered in a limited way. For example you have a top of the line wash machine, mine was 1200. The max, they will pay you is 350 so any repair over 350 is really not covered. This part of their business is not regulated by the utility commission. This is just a profit maker. Don't expect much even if you have the gold plan. They have also started to make these service contracts into actual 12 month commitments not really monthly payments. Stay away. Legal sham.

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Unsatisfactory
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Rating: 1/51

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN -- Called to schedule a repair on my refrigerator on a Saturday, Company came out on the following Tuesday, left without fixing it, called Consumers Energy again to explain they sent out a Heating & Cooling service, & requested they send out a refrigerator repair company. Could NOT get anyone to help me, said I had an open repair ticket and they would send out the same company as before... no, no, no!

Now it's Friday (six days later) called CE again and they said someone would call me back within 24 to 48 hours, and now it's Tuesday morning - 10 days later and still no one has called me back. I ended up calling a repair service on my own and flipping for the bill, only after being on this Plan for 3 years and NEVER received any benefit - I wasted my money!!!

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Furnace
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Rating: 1/51

COMSTOCK PARK, MICHIGAN -- I too have a furnace warranty, I have never used the warranty until this year but I have had it several years. I called when my furnace quit running in 15 degree weather this year and this is what I learned from the experience. They do not come out for many hours or until the next day. Being a senior citizen I was to get prompt service they said. They diagnosed my furnace as "dirty." Get it cleaned and it will be OK. Still no heat but I did call a furnace cleaning company who did not want to clean it because it didn't need it, $400.00 later it was cleaned. I looked at the before and after pictures. No difference. No heat.

I called again. They came out and told me it was not clean enough, had it cleaned again the next day. Still no heat. The furnace was just running. Two more calls and each time I told the tech that my thermostat was blinking AC then Heat and calling for heat and had let out a large flash of light several days before, they ignored me. Finally a tech came out, listened and put in a new thermostat. Getting some heat now but have to use a thinner furnace filter to get the heat upstairs. The furnace co. was All Phase that they sent out, I do not recommend them or the Consumers warranty. I will be canceling mine and calling a REAL furnace company.

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Ripoff
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Rating: 1/51

TROY -- We purchased the insurance for our appliances over the phone and never received any notification of the coverage. Recently, we had a problem with our refrigerator and we called Consumers Energy. They sent an electrician: he came by, listened to us, didn't made any diagnostic, and left in 5 min. He didn't know what the problem was, and told that he'll be calling us. We waited almost two weeks for his call, and had to call back again to customer service.

They promised to send somebody different, but never did. When we called the third time, Consumers Energy representative simply told us that this problem does not cover by insurance. (They even didn't know the actual problem.) We are very disappoint the way they treat their clients. Would never recommend to buy their insurance. It's a waste of money. We found a private company. Very reliable. They came by in two days after we called them. The same day they determine the problem and changed the part that was broken. We paid them $180.

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Very Bad
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TROY, MICHIGAN -- We purchased the insurance for our appliances over the phone and never received any notification of the coverage. Recently, we had a problem with our refrigerator and we called Consumers Energy. They sent an electrician: he came by, listened to us, didn't made any diagnostic, and left in 5 min. He didn't know what the problem was, and told that he'll be calling us. We waited almost two weeks for his call, and had to call back again to customer service.

They promised to send somebody different, but never did. When we called the third time, Consumers Energy representative simply told us that this problem does not cover by insurance. (They even didn't know the actual problem.) We are very disappoint the way they treat their clients. Would never recommend to buy their insurance. It's a waste of money. We found a private company. Very reliable. They came by in two days after we called them. The same day they determine the problem and changed the part that was broken. We paid them $180.

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No Electricity!
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SAGINAW, MICHIGAN -- As of July 1st, at approximately 11:30 a.m., our electricity was turned off. We had lived in a house where the electricity resided in my name. We moved to a town house May 24th. I called Consumers and had services transferred to our new residence staying under my name. The next day, our landlord had sent our lease into Consumers. Our lease has my boyfriend's name on it; take note, we have a 13 month little one in amongst this story. Consumers then proceeds to place my boyfriend's name on our Consumers bill.

Consumers had sent us a letter in the mail stating that they had placed the Consumers Energy bill in his name, which means it's out of my (**) name now. My boyfriend (**) then called the company requesting that they place the bill back in my name. I was then to call the company to inform them that this bill was to go back in my name, however, representatives could not do so being they would not take **'s name off the bill. So back and forth ** and myself had called Consumers to have this bill placed back in my name.

When ** would call, they would say that there was nothing they could do because it was in my name, when I would call for verification, they would claim that there was nothing they could do because it was in **'s name, so you may by now sense my frustration. So then by July 1st, Consumers had shut off our electricity at a bad time, my infant was sick w/ congestion, stuffy nose, and a near beginning of another case of bronchial bronchitis w/ a small fever here and there. I had called Consumers to find out what the problem was and if we were to have our power turned back on soon. They couldn't give me an answer and sometimes directed me to dead lines.

I would call the company several times to the point of exhausting my situation over and over to several of Consumers' representatives. Representatives couldn't really help us w/ our situation not even enough to give us an answer to why we were not to receive energy. I would then call back and ask to speak to somebody other than another representative, preferably a supervisor. Finally after at least 10-15 different conversations w/ Consumers representatives, we are given a direct contact number to a supervisor and a representative in the credit department lease was faxed to Consumers 3 times and was lost each time.

The fourth time our landlord had faxed our lease to Consumers, we were to contact one of the supervisors or the credit department representatives. Getting through to these associates was very difficult. I have left a few messages with them. I have called and have spoken w/ more representatives that can't help me and their responses have been that their departments would need to review our lease which was said to be under investigation. No one would call us back. Take note this is also the holiday weekend, so my stakes of having electricity were very slim to none to my understanding.

As I write this review, I still have no electricity, I'm heading back home from a nice vacation to a home w/ no electricity still. I feel that me and my family were of no urgency to this company to receive any service of energy connection. As a paying customer to this company, I and my family feel at the low end of priority, still waiting.

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Consumers Energy Gas User BEWARE!
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Notice to all Consumers Energy Gas users, please be advised that since January of 2009 I began receiving bills from Consumers Energy Gas showing excessive usage, resulting in billing of approx $3400.00. At first I believed that perhaps it was due to several estimated billing. Being a busy business owner, I had neglected to go back and check out previous billings. The following month I did not receive a bill. I tried to go online to view my account, it instructed me to contact customer service.

When I did, I was told that my account was under investigation. I wasn't overly concerned, I thought they realized that my usage went up to an abnormal high & they were making corrections. I waited for a revised bill. February came and went, when the end of March arrived and I still had not received bill & was going into the hospital, not wanting to worry about the bill. I again called Consumers Energy, explained I had not received a bill for nearly 2 months, was being hospitalized the first week of April and wanted to know where my bill was, also explaining that I had an extremely high bill in January.

I was told that I would be receiving a bill in the near future & that I did not have to be concerned about my gas being shut off. Needless to say, I expected my bill to come shortly and was sure I would have a credit on my bill. A week after my hospital stay, I still hadn't received my bill. So again I called Consumers Energy. They assured me that the bill was in the mail. I did ask what the amount of the bill was, they responded that they did not have the information on hand, again assuring me I should receive it in a day or so. The following day I received the bill.

I was totally overwhelmed and shocked to learn the new bill was not in fact the credit I expected, but rather another bill that was in the amount of $4600.00. My experience with Consumers and the same type of billing has been ongoing even today (July 2009). I contacted the MPSC to file a complaint in May. Consumers came and changed my meter out. I requested to be there when the meter was read, not only to the person that set up the meter to be changed but also to the person that changed it. Some 7 weeks later they notified that the meter test 100% okay & they stated that my current usage was in line with previous years.

To make this short, that is not the case. I reviewed previous bills and the reality is, my current usage is running 350% to 450% over last years. I have had repeated shut off notices as well as had collection agencies contact me on behalf of Consumers. To date, I have elected to hire an attorney. After 7 months my stress level has reached its max, it's costing to have employees on staff so that I could deal with situation. I see no end in sight and Consumers Energy staff changes their statement to me every time I talk to them. Many other people in my community are go through similar situations.

Please check your bills & report it to the MPSC if Consumers Energy does not address your issues to your satisfaction. So you know, from what I understand to date is they have a new computer system that has created incorrect billings. Beware of your usage & compare to last year.

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32 reviews & complaints.
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