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My mother had APS. Her bill was high and she couldn’t pay the full amount. My mother was on a fixed income and struggled during the summer months to pay this outrageous bill. When she wasn’t answering her phone or emails we sent out the sheriff to her home for a wellness check on her. The sheriff had found her deceased. The coroner told us that there was no power in her house.
Upon further research they had shut off her electricity on September 7, the last time any contact was made. She wasn’t able to pay the whole bill and for $51 dollars my mother lost her life. The coroner brought her in as a heat related death. We couldn’t find any disconnection notice on her door so we’re not sure if my mother knew her electric was being disconnected or if it was a power outage. It was 107 degrees the day they shut off her electric and ended her life. We are heartbroken and there is not much we can do about this. I can just write a review and tell everyone not to use this company ever!! Use solar panels or anything to prevent these crooks from getting your money. Call your representatives and demand changes. No one should lose their life over $51.
I have been a resident of Phoenix for over 10 years. I regret moving into an APS district. $130 in fees before I use any electricity. The new times for prime usage of 3 to 8 pm are cruel to any working family in the valley. Charged an additional deposit after paying late twice in a 12 month period. Their customer service reps are cold and rude. It's a monopoly. I'd rather deal with the cartel than this company!!! I feel rage with every bill received and every check written. SRP charges so much less. I am building a home outside of Maricopa County and it will be off the grid! Thank you APS for inspiring me to modify my lifestyle!
Too bad I have to give these penny pusher thieves any stars. My energy bill was $298; however I was billed more than $1k. When asked why I was told "whenever you pay a bill 'late' the account is accessed & a deposit is added for 3 times the monthly bill". But wait, need I say the bill was paid within the 10 grace period but not on the exact bill date. I've NEVER been disconnected & upon obtaining their 'white collar thieving' services more than 7 years ago, my deposit was 'waived' for "good standing" bill history.
So although, the actual power usage of $298 was paid in full, I'm being disconnected for a $761 deposit that was just "added" on because APS decided I wasn't paying within their timely manner but always paid in full & within the billing cycle & prior to a next month's bill. And the money stealing energy suckers can't produce a credit history to show me 7 yrs of "non-payment" but 3 months of "late" (past due date within 10 day grace period) payments... Gtfoh.
OK, APS, not only has higher rates than previous companies I have used -- and high deposits due to summer usage -- but they abuse the deposit hold after cancelling services. Their website states: "When service is terminated, the deposit is applied to the final bill. If a credit remains after the final bill is paid in full, a refund check is mailed to the address provided when you notify us to Stop Service. (Checks are mailed within 25 business days after service is stopped.)"
I stopped service on June 25. Today is August 3 and their representative told me I will not receive a check until AUGUST 20...25 days after final bill -- that they don't do it after cancellation of service, it's after they decide to issue your final bill, which is exactly one month later. Mind you, despite the fact that their policy is stated differently, my billing cycle would have issued the bill long before that anyway... They keep the money in their account as long as possible and adjust the final date. Bad business practices if you are trying to be good and honest.
We have lived in our current home 5 yrs now. Paid a deposit to APS when we moved in. Never refunded but are now being charged another deposit to get our electricity back on, this is the hottest week of the year and they shut us off. They are greedy and don't care about small children or elderly. I loved SRP and am ready to go back to that company.
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On July 19, 2018 my electricity was shut off, yes that's my bad! Well I paid the bill in my lunch break at 12 pm. I called and gave them all the necessary information - I even email pictures of the receipts and I was told 2 hours. I had 2 minor children at home and I have to use a bipap at night to sleep and when I returned home at 5pm there was no electricity still. I call APS and received the run around, was told the same thing again I explained the receipt and email and went all night and til 7pm on July 20, 2018 and 3 more phone calls to get my electricity turned back on. Yes, I took the minors out of the house as it was 90+ degrees inside the house but, I had to sleep there with my pets. Very unprofessional. I received no letters, door hangers, phone calls, texts or emails as to my electricity being turned off. And I know I'm responsible for paying my bills but... 36 hours to turn it on? Really???
My elderly cousin lives in Yuma. He wanted to sign up for the APS Solar Community Program. He could not use the website because he had forgotten his password and APS does not have his current email address. He cannot update the email because he cannot recall his password. Cannot update the password because APS has an old email address for him. There is no longer an APS office in Yuma. He tried calling the ** number but he is very hard of hearing and could not understand the choices etc. He wrote me a letter asking me to help. I tried. I asked Jessica at APS to please call him and help him update the information.
She refused informing me that APS does not have time for this. I spoke to the supervisor, Chris who promised to phone my cousin to assist. I correspond with my cousin on Facebook but do not have his phone number -- only address, acct.# personal ID number, etc. "Security" was cited as the reason APS cannot help elderly or disabled people. Of course -- any 12 year old could hack into anything. I was just a person trying to assist an elderly relative. I do not yet know if Chris ever bothered to call my cousin. Callous and uncaring -- my impression of APS.
We recently moved and now we have APS. Before we had SRP and loved them. They were always very understanding when I couldn't pay my bill on time and would tell them when I get paid we would pay. We got our first APS bill and we got our bill late due to the post office not delivering our mail to our new address for a month. When they finally delivered our mail I saw that the bill was due on July 5th. We got paid June 30th. Paid our mortgage and other bills that we could. Tried calling them one day and they couldn't talk to me as I wasn't on the account and that my husband would have to call. He called and asked if he could pay the bill next Thursday and they told us nope we can't since it's a brand new account. They said they might turn off our power next Tuesday or Wed and I get paid at 10 pm on Wed night so was going to pay it then but nope they wouldn't or can't wait. With SRP I had no problems at all.
I called APS to transfer the utility account to my business. The lady was very nice and explained that there will be a security deposit of 7200 dollars. I asked if it would be possible to use a surety bond insurance and her answer was yes. I purchased the bond and after they received it they said that they cannot accept the bond because it's address specific. At no point was I explained that BEFORE the bond was issued. Now I am missing the connection date, a new bond needs to be issued and of course new FedEx charges will be involved. Very disappointed and frustrated!
Power shut off - APS is an absolute disgrace to America. I have had APS for about 5 years now. Payments always made on time, never requested a security deposit upon starting service. One month I receive my bill and opened it up to a $650 due payment! Looking into the bill I was charged on random a $450 security deposit for "2 late payments". After reviewing all of my bills for the past 12 months I have never been late once and never assessed a "late payment" and then they randomly add an additional $450 deposit right before the summer time. Let me say today is 108 degrees outside and I have a 3 year old and a 5 month old at home so now my poor family has to sit in a non air conditioned house with no electricity for some BS deposit.
After calling and talking to a supervisor all they were able to do is split the deposit in 3 in order to restore my electric!! Really for what reason. I will be contacting 3 On Your Side as well as an attorney to have this company punished for not only doing this to my family but thousands of other families in AZ. APS needs to be shut down and a new electric company needs to step in to clean up their BS.
I have never EVER had my APS account shut off. I initially moved to Arizona back in 2011 with OUTSTANDING CREDIT 700+ score. I was told back then they will need to do a credit check, no problem. I was shocked to find out I had to pay a security deposit. I paid and went on about my business. Now years later and never a shutoff. I get a bill requesting a $300 deposit right before summer!!! I was told because made some late payments. Why offer customers payment arrangements/extensions when you're gonna punish them!? WHERE and WHAT are you guys doing with my security deposit money!? WHERE IS IT!?
This is flat out MONOPOLY and I have contacted Arizona commission board and nothing was ever done about it. They offered me to pay out the deposit, but next bill was a CUT OFF notice pay all in full. Needless to say had to make late payments on other stuff just to keep the MONOPOLY off my back in the SUMMER TIME!!! This place would be out of business quick as ** if there was any competition in West Arizona. This company need to be seriously investigated for fraud or theft to its consumers. I am sure they probably are paying off the Arizona politicians though...
I paid on time since I started with these thieves. I received a Bill with an additional $300 deposit. When explaining I never paid late they said I did 6x. I refused to pay the $300 for 5 months and they say I paid late 2x. A nice way to raise money for this RIPOFF of a company. It's a monopoly to allow ONE ELECTRIC company to control and screw its customers. A complete scam and should be shut down!!!
I've never had my power turned off and got a delinquent notice of a pending disconnect. For a 300.00 deposit... I paid the bill in full but someone noticed I was a week late a time or two and decided I need to pay a 300.00 deposit. I called and talked to several people but it went nowhere. I’m disappointed in APS because I’ve always been someone who pays their bill and I hate them now. They treat me like **.
I have lived in my current home for over 16 years and have always had APS service. I have never had my power turned off and always paid my bill in full every month. However, my recent bill included a $400 deposit, right before summer! After going over my so-called delinquencies with a rep, I had three payments 1-2 days past their "delinquent" date. Ridiculous policies! Heavy-handed deposit requirements and unfairly high rates. APS execs need to manage their business better so they don't have to stick it to customers to increase revenues! BTW, SRP only charges a deposit if a service is disconnected. These monopolies must go!
So it turns out I was late twice paying my bill within a 12 month period. Not because I could not pay, but because I didn't realize I passed the due date. I pay my bill regardless every time and if there was a late fee for those times I was late, I would pay it. Fast Forward to this months bill and it comes for very close to 500 dollars. I call APS up to see what is up with the high bill because I know for a fact, I was nowhere near that much electrical use for that month. They told me that since I was late twice within a 12 month period, they now require a deposit of 300 dollars on top of my bill because I was considered a "liability".
I was obviously upset and complained but they said they could not waive the fee, they could only break it down in installment payments. They also told me I would receive my money back after 12 month. For this I give APS 1 star for their terrible policies. I have been a homeowner for 4 years now and of course can't switch companies because they have a Monopoly in my area which is why they can do whatever they want! APS sucks!
I was very grateful for the budget billing service and having the same monthly payment each month, until there were undisclosed terms for budget billing. I was supposed to pay $180 per M to cover electricity for 2 people living in a 700 sq ft apartment. We canceled service after a year lease was up and was given a $700+ electricity bill at the end saying we had to pay for all the used electric. If this was the cause I would have never signed up for the budget billing and paid the monthly amount due (the end payment was NEVER) explained only the benefits of budget billing. It is definitely false advertising when they only give you particular information and the data online doesn’t state that full bill will be due at canceling. It is a horrible money ran electricity company’s and SRP needs to cover more territory.
In July of 2014 sold our house in Scottsdale and canceled service, were told new owner had requested service. Then in October we get a bill for 3 months of service because APS says we never canceled. What about the new owner having his own account at same meter? No, no record of that or refuse to discuss it.
So after being gone from state until this week we request service in Casa Grande and were told pay up $343 from the Scottsdale home or no service. When I asked for them to check that meter was owned by someone else during that period they are charging me for they refused, can't do it. Clearly, a very dishonest power company. So sorry we have to deal with them again!
We have lived in Arizona almost 4 years now. We have had APS the entire time. Every single year there is an increase in service charges. Now they've changed the Saver Choice plan from 12-7 on peak to 3-8 with demand charges. The way they price gouge for service is ridiculous. We've never lived in a state where power is like this. We've heard solar isn't much better cause you still get an APS bill! It's ridiculous it's allowed to keep going like this. If we would of known how APS was we would of searched for a house that was zoned for SRP!
Absolutely ridiculous. While sleeping, someone starts banging on the door like a mad-man, why he didn’t use the damn doorbell is beyond me. Answer the door and this guy is screaming at us for not paying our bill and saying he is there to shut it off. For some reason he says he will give us until the end of the day to pay it. 15 minutes later he comes back says, “They said I need to turn off your electricity now. If you can’t pay right now, I’m shutting it off”. So we ask how much we are owing to be threatened like this... He says “$52 dollars”... FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS that is THREE DAYS LATE and they are at our door BANGING and THREATENING to shut it off. Unbelievable.
Pay day is TOMORROW so we were waiting for tomorrow to pay. Instead I use the money I need for gas today to be able to get to school, to pay the dumb bill of $52. God forbid they don’t receive their $52 bucks. I switched to solar because no matter WHAT I did, the bill kept getting higher and higher, now I pay solar and only pay APS a base price for being on the grid. Absolutely ridiculous. $52. I’m totally dumbfounded at this point.
First off, the prices are about 250% higher than SRP for the same electrical usage due to all the base charges. I could have my breakers open for the entire month and it would still cost about $80. Secondly, the data presented on the website and bill are not correlated with the Saver Choice and Saver Choice plans. I don't know if this is just a huge mistake or intentional criminal obfuscation. I informed the company today, 9APR18, of four different categories of bad data: service time-frame definitions, peak bar chart data, plan details table, as well as the daily and hourly usage charts (daily usage and detailed usage). The data provided on all of these areas do not correlate properly with the plan specifics given to me over the phone, nor with each other.
My complaint is last year. I was late 3 times, and had to pay a late fee (fair enough) then I get a notice with a different account number stating I owed $135, when I called they tell me it's a security deposit, this was paid 2/20/2017, I told them on 2/20/2018 I want my $ back, but no I have to wait 2 years! Why can they pay me back late and get away with it, but if I am late I have to pay a late fee and a punishment fee (it is a punishment fee. Don't care what they call it)?
My issue with APS, is that no matter how little electricity I use and how much my kilowatts go down from month to month, my freaking bill is outrageous and just keeps getting higher. My hubby and I are both on disability social security and we can't afford our utility bill.
APS Rate hike 2018 - Only have had APS for approximately 3 years. Went onto the equal payment program... this past year, my monthly cost was about 145. At the end of 2017, my monthly payment was changed to approximately 175. per month... total rise in annual cost $360.00. Way over average % they indicated. I'm seeking details on how they raised my costs by 20%. My account number with them is **.
Arizona Public Service just got another rate hike. The cost escalates while consumers struggle. Salt River Project is much better service provider but areas are not crossed. We are stuck with APS. So there is no choice.
I have lived in Prescott Valley, AZ, and have been a customer of APS for 21 years. Like many other people across the nation I have gone through a lot of major life changes over the years and have been struggling to stay in the black. Consequently, when I receive a bill that is 2.5 times more than normal, my first response was there was an honest mistake and they need to double check the meter reading. Then, upon further checking, come to find out they are charging me a "security deposit" due to "being delinquent with two or more bills within a consecutive 12-month period…" Turns out delinquent to APS means anything past the due date, no grace time given, period. Checking with the Arizona Corporation Commission, their guidelines for deposits state "late paying your bill three or more times within a 12-consecutive month period..." See R14-2-203B5.
The ACC also states that the deposit will normally be refunded to you after 12 consecutive months of payments on time or when you discontinue service. But how many people will remember to ask for it back? Also, I don't remember receiving any prior notice that grace periods have changed or been deleted altogether. Nor any notice of the company instituting security deposits from longtime customers! In my opinion, APS has become a bully in the market and needs some healthy utility service competition to reset its attitude toward consumers.
During the year 2017 we had many financial hardships and 2 times paid late. Never had our power turned off. January 2018 I got an 800 dollar bill because they decided to charge a nearly 600 dollar deposit due to late payments. I don't see how adding crazy charges to people that are already struggling is going to help anyone.
Have had APS accounts for years. Recently I initiated service and shortly thereafter, someone else called for service "accidentally" using my unit # for the billing. APS removed the service from my name without so much as a verification phone call or email alerting me of this. When I called APS I was told that I have a new account #. The Rep gave me the wrong new acct # and so when I called in to try to pay my bill there was no record of it. I still don't have a bill and was told it may be mid-January before this is straightened out. I cannot add this account to my APS online profile. Additionally, I experienced long wait times when calling and this is at 7 am in the morning! I have had good experience in the past with APS but I feel they are really deteriorating both in terms of customer service and having safeguards in place so that someone cannot just call in and mess up your account!
In August of this year, I changed my bill paying system and through an error 100% on my part missed my August payment. the next month (September) when I realized the mistake I took immediate action and corrected it. As you can imagine these were very heavy use months and the combined bill for both months was over $900. I did not ask for assistance, I did not call and ask to have any fees waived or to make a payment arrangement. Due to the error being my fault and therefore my responsibility to correct I made several payments over the next couple months to bring the balance current. In doing so I had to break the payments into $300-$400 pieces. Apparently, my September payment was technically late, but only by a few days, never anywhere near 30. I never received a disconnect notice, and by October 30th had brought the account current. Then in December, I received a $850 bill.
When I called to inquire about it, they explained that they had recently changed their policies and that anyone with 2 or more late payments in a calendar year had to pay a deposit of 2.5 times their average bill. After asking for a supervisor I spent an hour on hold and being transferred to the wrong people I was told in essence: "We see you have been a customer for 4+ years without a problem. We know this puts a hardship on you. You are not the only one of our customers we have both surprised and hurt with this change. WE DON'T CARE. Your choices are, move into SRP territory, pay it, or go without electricity. Hurry and make your decision, I have a lot of other people on hold behind you waiting to hear this message."
The majority of info that I am listing here, I already shared months ago with APS via an APS survey regarding their website. I feel if APS had a professional and easy to use website that was fully integrated with their billing, new-current-previous accounts, and customer service departments some of their problems with us, their customers would be corrected. I would have communicated this via their site but I could not find where to do that. With the older and now the newer website design you continue to seem to go in circles without getting the information, data or contacts/dept that you want. It is very unprofessional, time-consuming, frustrating and I feel disrespectful to the customer/client base.
Example: this morning for the first time I got an email from APS titled: "Your bill is ready to view." I thought that is great. I opened the email that had five-link options none of the options were: "View your bill". The 1st tab link is "Pay my Bill" which when you press it - it states what is currently due with payment options ie bank, credit card etc but no option of viewing your bill, which I find important to View my bill, see my usage and I like to keep a % of credit on my account.
The 2nd tab link "My usage" when you press it - it states daily & hourly usage with the previous month's information including view your bill (but it is last month's bill) not the current month's. 3rd tab link - Download the "APS APP" for your phone. 4th link - "Payment arrangements". 5th link - "My account" which takes you to 15 misc link options (none of which are "View your Current Bill").
So since none of those links allowed me to "View my bill"; I went to the top ruler and pressed "my account" and it still has last month's November bill and the November data listed to view. On this 7th day of December, I guess I will have to take the time every few days to check back to the APS website to try to see if Arizona's largest and longest-serving electric company has posted the current statements for their 1.2M customers to view. Then I can try to find my bill within their site in order to view it and pay it.
This trash garbage excuse for a power company will do anything they can to ** you out of every cent they can get. They tell you everything is fine and dandy and your services are shut off and then proceed to charge you another $200 5 months after you move across the country. The people who work the phones are absolutely rude and incompetent. They might as well hire apes that answer the phone and say no I refuse to DO MY JOB and help a customer. Instead I'll create bogus charges, never send you a bill and then TACK ON LATE FEES WHEN YOU NEVER EVEN RECEIVED A BILL. APS ** YOU AND YOUR MONEY HUNGRY CORPORATION!
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