American Electric Power
ConsumerAffairs Unaccredited Brand
My light bill used to stay the same because we NEVER deviate what we use on a daily basis. So it was coming every month at the minimum of 154.00 which was good and what I also calculated on our meter; then we get 2 bills 2 months in a row of almost the exact amount of a minimum bill at 243.00. Then I find out the city is tearing down some government housing apartments; that people are struggling to pay their light bills because they are being forced to move, coincidence? I do not think so. I am contacting a law firm that handles these type cases as I am typing this complaint. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind helping people out like the ones they're making move, but I want to do it on my own terms; not have the power company raise my light bill, which has been the same for over 5 years. I read my meter every month as well and I do have documentation; photos/dates/times/the exact meter reads, so this is on them.
I just moved from Texas last Wednesday to stay rent free at my ex's house. He left for Texas to work for my current boyfriend. I live here rent free and my job is to keep up with the house and utilities. I call PSO/AEP and set up an account and paid my deposit the same day. I was then told my account was under occupancy review. They refused service. The customer service reps were extremely rude!! I was told I couldn't have electric because of an outstanding bill from my ex, the previous occupant. So, I paid almost 700.00 on what was supposed to be my ex's account. They restore power.
My ex gets a voicemail saying they will be shutting off power because the electric is in his grandparents name. They are both deceased. His grandfather 10 years, and his grandmother as of Friday. So, I paid an account that wasn't even mine or my ex's. I paid for his grandmothers account. I'm not even related to these people. They told me in order to get service an account had to be paid. I was under the impression it was my ex's. They played a huge game just to get money! If my money isn't refunded and an account in my name isn't accepted... I will be taking them to court! This is the only company around and what they are doing to people is fraud! Something needs to be done ASAP!
We moved from out of state, called to have the power turned and paid $160. A week later we get a letter and an email saying we must pay $160 or our service will be cut off so we call AEP and the customer service rep checks our account and says don't worry about that because we already paid it. The exact same thing happens 3 more times and we are assured each time that we already paid it. Then our power gets turned off. We try to pay it with an American Express and for some reason it doesn't go through even though there is more than enough money on the card. So we go to the ATM to get cash from the same card they just ran incorrectly somehow to pay a disconnect fee even though we called repeatedly to make sure our bill had been paid already, a bad check fee because apparently, they didn't know they don't take American Express after they assured us they did and another $160. That we already paid 3 weeks ago.
My husband is on life support while waiting for a heart. At OSU we signed all legal documents to file with AEP. They told depending on your state, but most will always make sure if electric out they would try to either bring a truck or get to our location first. We cannot afford a full house generator. He cannot be plugged into a mobile generator. The power has been out since 1:00 am. It is now 11:00 am. I have called and have gotten the most rude none caring reps. They have been very cold and said there are areas that have 200 or more people without power. Suggesting these people are more important than my husband's life. We are deeply offended and in shock over this treatment.
All of our neighbors now have electric and we still don't. Not an AEP truck in site. Is this how AEP cares for their customers? But if I don't pay my bill you will shut our service off immediately. Someone needs to look into this system. We are getting an attorney because if something happens and my husband would, God forbid pass because of no power, believe me. They would pay. This is so wrong. I understand that people need their tv and computers and even air conditioners, but to put my husband's life in jeopardy. And the representatives are so rude, but they have to look at themselves and know how they treat the customers are wrong. All they want to explain is how the medical emergency works. Well it doesn't. How do all our neighbors have power and we don't. They should put us on 2 different grids. Shame on you AEP. Shame shame.
AEP "Topped" trees along my yard. Now the limbs are growing sideways onto my property causing damage and difficulty mowing. They say this is normal growth. Now I have to pay to have this cleared. To add insult to injury, our power was off for a whole day recently and I had to throw about $200.00 worth of food away. We have no choice of provider. We need a consumer advocate!
How do I know I can trust these reviews about American Electric Power?
- 909,216 reviews on ConsumerAffairs are verified.
- We require contact information to ensure our reviewers are real.
- We use intelligent software that helps us maintain the integrity of reviews.
- Our moderators read all reviews to verify quality and helpfulness.
For more information about reviews on ConsumerAffairs.com please visit our FAQ.
SWEPCO is one of the worst electric companies to do business with. This company will wait 24 to 48 hours to restore power. It posts restoration times on their website yet constantly changes the restoration time so that there is no clear representation of an actual repair time. Their customer service personnel that when you call they tell you how it's going to be two days before the power is restored but cannot provide any answers as to why. They also tell you they can send medical forms for quicker restoration but that submitting them will not get it back on any faster. The company refuses to work with anyone. If you are in their service area, pray you do not lose power. SWEPCO is the very reason why everyone should support deregulation and competition in this market that this company seems to have a monopoly on.
I purchased a home to flip and called to have the power turned on. I did so remotely, over the phone. When I received my first bill, there was a charge of $443.29 for "tampering" with the meter. When I first contacted AEP, the customer service rep was kind and helpful. When I explained the situation, she was going to remove the tag tampering charge but realized the meter itself had been pulled, and she was unauthorized to do so. She was to refer the situation to the investigative department. 2 weeks later I still had not heard back. I contacted AEP again and was told that they probably would not reverse the charge as I had mentioned that I was remodeling the house, and the tampering may have been done by a contractor.
As I am the contractor, I knew this was not the case and explained that to the customer service agent. She advised that I would receive a call back. I then contacted the prior owner who admitted in a text message to me that he had opened the box! So, I have proof that it was not done while I owned the home! I waited 2 more weeks, but AEP never called me. Again, I contacted AEP and met the unfriendly, unhelpful, rude staff over the phone. I was advised that they DID NOT EVER call customers back on this issue. So, which rep gave me misinformation?
I was told that the tampering was found 2 weeks after I had the power turned on, which proves I did it, as she stated that their worker turned the power on themselves. They have no work order or proof that this was done, and I know it wasn't because I was there when it was turned on remotely! They refused to hear an appeal and informed me that there is indeed no appeal process available. So, I have proof that I wasn't the offender. They have no process for appeal. But I am screwed because they hold the tethers to power my home. I apparently have absolutely no recourse. What the heck kind of system is this? Terrible.
This is the first state I have lived in that required an upfront deposit. We were told 101.00 needed to start service and we explained could not pay. We never received notice or anything that they were still doing a transfer of service or a cut off notice. They however just showed up and turned it off. How can you just do that with no notice to the renter. We assumed it would stay in owner name until we could pay it and made arrangements with owner to pay the bill every month. What a messed up system to have in place. Every state I have lived in added the deposit to the first 3 bills but not AEP... I am beyond pissed off and nobody at AEP seems to care. This is the worst power company... and if I had any other options for power I would take it at this time. I hate their policies and their customer service.
First of all, SWEPCO/AEP will get their money. No one is allowed to keep their electric service after the extension period - I'm fine with that. However, when a customer is considered poverty level they will likely be late paying their bill. Swepco now has implemented policies to collect $575 at three $192 installments. In the past, I've accepted help from LIHEAP, but for a family of 4, they could only give $113 toward my bill. And you can only use their assistance several times a year. I am in poverty so how can I afford this? This is an injustice!
This could be a very long review. I built my home 6 years ago. The first 6 months our bill was "normal", since then it has been outrageous! My home is well insulated and contains only energy saving appliances. When I called 5 years ago to see what happened the only explanation given was, "You used the power." I'm sorry but it's nearly impossible to run 60,000 kWh a year. I'd have to keep every light on and the heater running on 90 degrees every single year. I asked for an employee to come out and tell me why the bill was so high.
They agreed and he came and even he said he couldn't figure out why the bill was over $900 a month, every month. This company is greedy, and extremely unhelpful. I have never in my life been so disgusted with a company that is so unwilling to help. I actually had one representative snark and giggle on the phone. Not only is the way that rep carries their business poor, it's the worst company I've ever dealt with in my life. Price gouging is against the law and someone needs to take a hard look at the way they run business.
First off I understand the need to trim trees - that is not at question here. What is at question is the incredibly stupid process they use. At my house they trimmed one side off and left the tree in a very dangerous situation - all the weight now on one side of the root system. The tree was not trimmed properly and the trim points will rot. They did this on a tree in the back of the property and it cost me 1400.00 dollars to cut it down. When I asked them to trim the other side off - they told me that they didn't do that - that is a DIRECT lie. Numerous other trees are trimmed properly in Millersport and surrounding areas. Please trim the tree properly...
Since AEP took over the electric in my small town, electric rates went up $100 to $150 dollars, our winter has been warmer than last yr. Lexington Ohio had power outages. It took a week to ten days to fix the problem.
This summer, AEP neglected to come out for a reading for literally SIX months. So at the end of 6 months, everyone in my neighborhood got a bill for hundreds of dollars. Our bill was over $900 and the neighbors had to pay a bill that was around $600. When I called the company to ask why they didn't come out every other month for a reading like they had for the last 15 years that I have used AEP, they said they weren't required to do so.
True enough, when I contacted the PUCO, they said the law only requires electric companies to come to your property for a reading ONCE a year. They see it as the customer's responsibility to call and request a reading if they want one. I don't know about you, but I'm not staring at my electric bill every month to determine whether a reading was done. I have other fish to fry.
Especially after 15 years of the same pattern of readings, I wasn't aware I would need to all of a sudden start being vigilant about it. And of course, AEP had zero sympathy about their poor service and did nothing to help with the bill aside from offering a "payment plan," which just means your bill is going to be ridiculous for the next 6 months, and God forbid they don't do an actual reading during that timeframe because then your bill will be ridiculous for an entire year.
And to add insult to injury, they added a deposit on WHILE we are trying to pay back that ridiculous bill because *gasp* we paid late. We have never been disconnected. We always pay our bill. It feels like a pile-on for which we have no recourse. We don't stress about bills at all except from this company because it's a constant assault on our finances. Because of the way they've treated us, I'm looking into solar panels. AEP obviously has a monopoly on this region and I'm getting out from under it if it kills me.
Our meter has had MAJOR fluctuations in the readings, some even impossible numbers such as February's reading of 1,213 KWH. This would burn out our old wiring if we actually used that much. (I am trained as an Electrician and PC Technician, I know what I am talking about on house wiring.) Not to mention the fact that I have a small three room apartment. Most 5 bedroom houses leaving all the lights on 24/7 would not use that much electric! The month of January used only 332KWH even though my actual usage was the same for both months. January was what should be. This is the third time in less than a year that this has happened. I tried going through PUCO but that was worthless, their response was to set up a payment plan to pay for these ridiculous meter readings!
Over the last 3 months we have had at least 3-4 power outages in our area, which is a concern to us as we run a business from our property for large groups which depends on electricity. When I inquired with Dave ** at AEP regarding our repeated outages (despite the fact that our electric costs have risen by 25% in the last decade) all he did is try to blame them on accidents in our areas even though a couple of our outages were directly the result of equipment failures.
The day after I spoke to Dave ** we had another 5 hour outage. I texted Mr. ** to inform him of the current outage and request a credit adjustment on our billing due to the repeated outages. So far Mr. ** has gone radio silent and has failed to response to my text messages. I don't expect to ever hear back from Mr. **, but I am sure I will hear from AEP if I don't pay my bill on time.
I have purchased 3 appliances within two years. Every time I complete the application for a rebate, they will send a letter stating not enough information or something to that matter. Not once have I ever gotten back any rebates and I did supply ALL information to them. They always come up with an excuse or state never received when you know for a fact they got it. Send all info out twice and again the same old story. False advertisement on their part. I finally just gave up. A waste of your time, stamp, etc.
My monthly bills got incrementally more expensive every single month. There is not a clear indication of the exact use of my electricity, and the charge is extremely murky and unclear. I live in a small apartment and I had to pay more than fifty dollars in the past billing cycle. And electricity is not even my heating source. I've just been using my refrigerator, my ceiling lights, my lamps and my electronics charging ports. Incredibly price mark up.
The good thing about having a tiny, double insulated house, is it retains its heat easily in the winter. Oddly enough that wasn't enough to keep me from getting a $400 dollar bill. I called about a possible error, they said there was no error, and that their rates had increased. My home has one tv, electric floor heaters that we keep on 65, one fridge, stove and washer/dryer and a laptop and Wii-U. I don't even have a deep freezer. I don't own a garbage disposal or a dish washing machine. How in the world could my electric get that high? Most of this winter in Kentucky has been 65 degrees! It's pure robbery!!
AEP shut off our power with no warning and nine days until our bill was due. When inquired about the situation I proceeded to get three different answers from three different people. The first insisted that I got an email, which I did not. The second insisted that there would "never be email notice" me a lengthy unclear description of how to find the information deep in my online account, not to mention a lack of patience and a strong attitude. The third insisted that we would have receive a notice by paper mail, something the other two representatives strongly denied. Even when discussing the situation of a family member with asthma on a poor air quality day, did nothing. I am so beyond frustrated with their lack of sympathy and lack or consistency with their info.
We moved here to Kentucky in 2015. We were required to pay 350 dollars for a deposit. Since living here every month we get threatening letters saying if we don't pay by a certain day they will cut us off. Each month we pay our bill. However looking over the last year and a half worth of bills we have had to pay 20 dollars here and 50 dollars there for "deposits". Was my first deposit that you negotiated with me prior to my move not good enough for you. Am I going to get all of these deposits back. Of course not. Because I was late one time and according to my contract if you aren't on time every time for 18 months you forfeit your deposit. You know this which is why you keep charging me a deposit. Well here's a kicker AEP. I'm moving. And I'm not paying my bill so take the last month's bill from all of those deposits you have charged me.
For the last few months I have been billed twice. The company and supervisors continue to tell me that it is my billing cycle. That they can bill me every 15 days. When I asked where I agreed they stated my terms and conditions. Well, I read through those and it does not state that they can bill me every 15 days. Two supervisors have called me a liar. They will not let me speak to someone in the executive office or corporate. One supervisors told me that I better just drop it or they will bill me even more. And what do you know, my light bill jumped up $50 after complaining. They refuse to assist me. I just want someone with some authority to care and look over my account. This is atrocious.
I sent a letter from a collection company telling me that I owned this company over a thousand dollars. I had to google the name to see where it was located at. I live in North Carolina and have never lived anywhere close to this company. I didn't give my consent to this company to approve electric in my name or anyone else but I am stick with a bill because no one would check the person ID that called pretending to me which I do have some clues to who it could be. I think this company needs to work on protecting people personal information instead of charging people that live out of state with big bills like myself.
My daughter and I purchased a new double wide Mobile home. It was set up on June 8th and power inspection was done on June 11. AEP was supposed to install the new service between June 16th and June 30th. As of June 30th still no power. When we called they gave us another date for the week of July 4th. Still no power on July 11. AEP contacted me and said the work order was on the truck and if it wasn't installed on Monday July 11th that it would be done on Tuesday July 12th.
Today is July 18th and we still have no power service. My first house payment is due and I can't even move into my new home. This is causing so many hardships on myself and my family. I'm at the end of my rope and don't know what to do, or who I can contact for help. I filed a complaint with the public service commission last week and have found out nothing new. I don't think it is right that I have to make payments on a home I can't even live in. Anyone have any suggestions, that would be greatly appreciated.
I have been waiting a week to get my power turned on. Everything has been paid and they've contacted my landlord as evidence I live there. I saw a post about someone saying people are only upset because they can't pay. I think someone who can't pay the outrageous prices they ask is a reasonable complaint when they are the only place to get power where I live. They have taken my money and refuse to call me back. I have a small child and have to be out of the place I'm staying if I don't receive a call this week. I'll have no way to contact them because all my money went to the ridiculous deposit. Also I'll be staying in a place with no power and out of the money I paid for the service. So to the person who posted about being unable to pay I paid my bill and they still are acting like this. They are abusing their power. They can set any amount and you have to pay it. They can turn the power on when they feel like it because we have no other option.
I am submitting a subsequent complaint on AEP as this company is an absolute disgrace to consumers. I have attempted to dig out of a massive balance with this entity for the past few months and I am unemployed, receiving unemployment benefits. Last month, around June 2016, I paid over $793 to reconnect my electric following shut off from an extremely rude employee that refused to allot time for me to run to Kroger to pay the amount as my son with asthma was in the throws of an attack. I am sick of this entity and its gauging of consumers.
Now, today July 7, 2016, an AEP service representative did knock on my door and offer opportunity to go pay $897.48 to avoid disconnection. I would like to know what human being has that type of funds? I am on unemployment and actually qualify for PIPP in which I recertified for at the beginning of this year and AEP refuses to re-establish given there is a balance that there is no way anyone could ever pay, that is experiencing financial hardship. I am no longer on PIPP and pay as a regular consumer. Who has $400/$500/$600/$700/$800/$900 per month to fork out to AEP? The least this entity could do is allow arrangements and it does not!
Further, if you complain to the PUCO, this entity appears to began to look forward to shutting you off and making your life hell. Moreover, at the time of recertification the amount to pay was $755 and that amount I worked to pay, only to be told that "Oh no, the balance has changed its $1300 plus. AEP is ridiculous and a monopoly entity deliberating taking advantage of consumers at not only at the poverty level but otherwise. In the community I reside, the electric bills for all residents is outrageous monthly anyhow. My aunt has a condo here she only visits 2 times per year and yet her bill is $200/month. How is that?
The entire community located at Appleway East Condos needs evaluated. AEP appears to be billing at rates that are not consistent with actual usage of the consumers in these residences in the first place! AEP then has the audacity and gall to refuse arrangements and demand monies in astronomical amounts; knowing the consumer cannot pay. I am unemployed, I have no health insurance or any alternate income and the stipulations that AEP requires without any consideration for the consumer is plain evil. My bill is reflective of my efforts to pay my debt despite being on unemployment and caring for an ill child yet AEP could care less. I will be copying this complaint to all media outlets for the sake of public interest and awareness.
Asked several times for tree to be cut down. Previous person from AEP told me it needed to be cut down. A friend just informed me that she and husband were refused help for relief after paying $500.
I have read some of the complaints and acknowledgements on this site as my experience as a new resident would qualify me as someone whom is obviously completely non-bias and impartial towards Power services in a state that is clearly over 1190 miles from my hometown of Colorado. I established service with AEP on June 3, 2016. On Sunday night, I placed a check for my deposit into the mailbox of my residence for my initial deposit of $82.00 and sent it off to AEP. After only living in this state for thirteen-days, my utilities were turned off without NOTICE.
When I called, the customer service I received was so poor. I was consistently told that "You didn't pay your deposit." I informed the customer service representative that I in-fact, I did pay my bill. The unfortunate adage here is, "the check is in the mail" and disgustingly, so many people use this line of reasoning as a bargaining chip. Then I asked myself, as a "College Professor" how much credibility do I have when my word is NO LONGER valid when I pay my bills, and I pay BILLS ON-TIME?!!
Secondly, I am at the mercy of a billion-dollar company that could obviously care less whether or not I have power. When millions of people are in need of power, one-household is insignificant. I have been treated just like my account number, a useless number or resident who -- to them still owes money to a large corporation; like many others "she is not going to pay us!" Unlike the previous post, I do pay my bills, I would NOT have arrived this far in my life if I hadn't. I imagine, per say, if any of AEP staff or workers were without power in the homes, they would feel differently. I have been told on numerous occasions that a technician "could, may, or possibly" arrive at my home to restore service within 1 to 3 business days. However, I was OBVIOUSLY not extended the same courtesy for my payment. AEP only counts the weekend as business days when charging clients for fees.
AEP has no communication system with their own contractors! UNACCEPTABLE! "Unfortunately, we have no way of tracking when the technician will arrive on-site." I have called AEP and it is NOW 52 HOURS that I have had NO utilities after living in this state for only TWO-WEEKS. I have been told, "I am sorry Ma'am but this our policy." -- UNACCEPTABLE!
I love when companies hide behind the word "Policy" - there is a reason for this! And, YES, there is that insulting policy?!! What does policy mean? A rule or measure in-place; thus, put into action by an agent or person of authority. Thus, their company policy obviously speaks enough. The fact that I am writing this review (As I have adamantly protested writing any reviews ever until NOW!) I hope will reach others to share their experiences and to NOT have them discredited by others to reassign BLAME. Shame on those who do!! And yes, my second payment has cleared my checking account...
I have had several encounters with AEP as our electrical provider, none of which are pleasant or helpful. Transformer explosion destroyed equipment in several houses in our previous neighborhood. AEP accepted no responsibility of assistance in replacing or helping with the problem. FAIL! On four separate occasions payments were misplaced and applied to another account, bill or auto-call advising of a cut-off date for non-payment of which checking with our online BB&T bank payment service, each time payments were made prior to due date for the amount requested. Two times they cut off the power, and one time I wrestled with them on the phone about the payment being made and "completed' by the bank on the 10th and the due date for cutoff was on the 15th but they still do not show the payment as of the 13th.
Even advising them that 2 older adults, two younger adults and 2 under age 3 babies reside in the large home and that cutting off the power in the hot weather is a health hazard. On one occasion they simply shut off the power, when a call could have alleviated the issue. All of which incurred a reconnection fee. I wonder if they are eager to charge and collect the reconnection fee? I called this last time and spoke with a CS agent and then her supervisor to which we decided on a additional day to see if the payment comes through. Still, no reprieve of a shutoff date. No admission of any error on their part or understanding about their bank situation. All it was, was an admonition to pay earlier and allow 3 business days for a "free bank service" online pay to make it to AEP. All-in-all, the customer service and just basic power service is poor and cold, nothing like their advertisements hype their company to be. Looking for alternative electrical opportunities.
I have read review after review on this site, and I have came to the conclusion that one thing is apparent. There are a great many people who have not paid their bills or have not paid them on time who want to complain. First off, if the power company (in this case AEP) requires a deposit or a considerably large deposit, this is not done for no reason. Someone would have to be a credit risk or have had a history of late/nonpayment for this to happen. My family has had AEP (Appalachian Power) my whole life. We pay our bills on time or early every month, and we have never had a problem.
The only time that I ever experienced an issue was when the compressor went out in one of the HVAC units a couple of winters ago and ran on emergency heat for the entire winter. My power bill exploded through the roof, and I didn't notice because I was on the Average Monthly Payment plan. I could've complained, but was that AEP's fault? No, it was mine.
Secondly, realize that every time that you have to have a company call you for collections, power on/off a pole due to nonpayment, or provide any service, that takes away resources that could be used for system improvement, efficiency, and any other number of ways to make your electric service better, and less expensive.
Finally, this is a shout out to the Ohio peeps on this site. Your state CHOSE to deregulate. This was to increase competition and drive down prices, but guess what? It also allowed in companies that sell electric like used cars. Start at this rate and two years later the fine print catches up to you. I guess this is more my rant of saying that some (not all) people need to look at their contribution to the issue before ranting themselves about a company. Are there legitimate complaints? Sure there are sometimes as no one nor company is perfect, but most of these are seem to be related to personal rather than business reasons to me.
We moved from last address contacted AEP and let them know we were transferring electric. Gave them our new address. They continued to send bill to old address and finally they got it corrected and sent us a 1300.00 bill and termination notice. They wouldn't take payments, instead they disconnected it until we pay 1100.00. It wasn't our fault they sent bill to wrong address. We were expected to be understanding but they weren't when we ask to make payments.
American Electric Power Company Information
- Company Name:
- American Electric Power