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Purchased a home with a propane tank on a lease agreement with the previous owner. As soon as we took possession of the house we asked about buying a tank instead of renting a tank. We have had several phone calls with them and at their suggestion we were told to wait until the tank was nearly empty before replacing it. Today one of their reps showed up at the house to lock the tank since we didn't have a signed agreement with them for this rental tank. Heritage has been sending the required paperwork by mail to the house, with the old residents name on it, and the post office is forwarding it to their new address. Apparently despite Heritage having our name, address and phone number they were unable to use any of that to contact us about the tank rental renewal and came to put a lock on the tank.
After a little bit of research on Google, it turns out that this is a standard scam with Heritage. If they transfer the account to the new homeowners name then there is no money in it for Heritage. If they stall until the previous owners rental agreement expires, then Heritage can charge you a "new account sign up fee" and also increase the price of the propane, since you aren't under contract like the previous owners were. In addition we have to pay for a "leak test" to make sure that the tank they were perfectly happy to fill up last week is now not suddenly leaking. Again, this is a tactic by Heritage. I'm pretty sure based on previous experience that the tank will magically fail the test, and there will be an additional charge to repair or replace the tank.
Ironically, they will make a few bucks doing this, but have lost the sale of the new tank and the ongoing propane sales. We were going to buy a 1,000 gallon tank from them, but have now made arrangements to buy a tank from another vendor. When dealing with propane companies, stay away from the huge ones and look for a locally owned independent company who actually cares about the community they are in, versus a company like Heritage/Amerigas. Remember that in 2012 Amerigas acquired Heritage for just under $3 Billion, of which $1.46 Billion was cash. That's Billion, with a B. The high rates you pay are what helped them have over a Billion dollars in cash reserves. With the money they make, they buy out the competition and then when they have a monopoly in your area your propane prices double.
We have used Heritage Propane for the last 4 years. Their rates have risen dramatically over that time (we were told that they have been bought out by AmeriGas). Compared to other local companies, their rates and customer service are dismal. We have always had an excellent payment history, but recently we misplaced a bill, which went past due by 30 days. The bill was for $40... They charged us a $36 late fee. I called and cancelled my account immediately. I recommend Freeman Gas. They are locally owned, have much better rates and significantly better customer experience.
My landlord has contract through Heritage Propane. The first delivery of propane we got a discount 125 gallon under $150 so they come out, we pay $150 and get 100 gallon. They said they would bring it out when we got low. I called and it's different story why they don't owe it. I will never buy fuel from there.
3 weeks ago, we requested a pick up. They filled the tank on an automatic fill. I went into the office and spoke with the manager. Said the tank would be picked up on Monday. That was last week. Still there and received a bill for the fill today. Wish I would have seen this site before I went with them. I did get a letter stating that they would pick up the tank and am now going to Mr Curtis ** at 615-890-9354 on Monday morning... I'll post to let you all know how it works out...
We initially rented our tank & were serviced well from Amerigas. A few years later Amerigas sold out to Heritage Propane. As soon as the change took place - Our gas rates went up the roof (we were charged over $5.00/gal - 2x what we were paying); The service became non existent (Refills were taking 2-3 weeks; the online payment system was difficult & didn't work well at all); And when we would call we would be transferred to rude customer service agents! We decided to buy a tank & change our gas company; then it actually got worse: We called to have them pick up their tank and moved their tank out to the driveway to make it easier for them to pick it up - We called & called but it still took almost 3 months for them to pick it up! (While it sat in the way in our drive.) Then, to add insult to injury, we were billed $47.70...
We then decided to hold off a month paying it until we researched the charge. We were charged another $36 service fee for paying late! I paid the bill today but I want to make sure everyone knows that we have never complained about a company before but HERITAGE PROPANE IS THE WORST COMPANY we have EVER dealt with! If I ran our business like Heritage is ran we'd be out of business in no time!
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Recently phoned the local office in Hickory, North Carolina to have my tank scheduled to be picked up. I gave the office a weeks notice and they said they could pick it up before the end of the month. That never happened. I called them back and I was told that it could take "weeks" and they are backlogged by 4 months for pick up of tanks. I was required to pay an $100 security deposit over a year ago and was told I will receive that back upon return of the tank.
Today, they are singing a different tune. "We normally do not collect security deposits sir," was what I was told. "That manager no longer works for the company." "I will have to look into it further." "Oh, by the way, there is a $59 plus tax pick-up fee." It is obvious to me that this fee was just made up. Why would a company hold $100 of my money to make sure that they get their equipment back but then charge me $59 plus tax to pick it up. I will be very vocal about these unfair practices on social media and every outlet that I can find until I am treated fairly.
I been waiting for 2 months trying get service, all is been problems. First they gave me a day to go set lines, I call for time, they didn't have me in system, I had to wait for 1 week. Then when run lines, I had been waiting since that and is 1 month, they supposed to go install friday, guess what they didn't. I call friday before 5, they said had problem. Truck is in shop. Is going to be monday, I call lunch time. They still don't know when? Wtf. I'm positive they have more than one truck. This is a very bad service.
When I checked my tank last weekend (1/1/2017) I realized it was down to 20%. I called first thing Monday morning to order a refill. I was told it would be done between 5 to 7 days. I again checked my tank the following Wednesday and discovered it was down to 15%. I again called Heritage to request the tank be filled by the end of the week. They made no promises but would call me if it was possible. I got a call the next day (Thursday) that someone would be out to fill the tank on Friday. Today, Friday, no one showed up and in the afternoon I decided to call to check on the status and was told they were unable to come as promised. When I let them know how unhappy I was they had the nerve to tell me they would send someone out if I would pay an extra 150.00. This is outrageous!!! This is a poor way to treat people and shows the greed of this company putting money ahead of service.
I switched to Heritage Propane because of their initial pricing. We don't use a lot but thought getting a new tank with the special pricing would be good. Within two months we ran out of propane. When I called to say we must have a leak the manager or owner said that I used it. I quickly switched to Lee Propane and they found the leak. I've been running off the same tank for approx a year now. Customer service is a zero, the part that leaked was the part they installed so knowledge is a zero as well. Stay away from them. Horrible company!!!
I had been with Foust Fuels for years and the people always seemed pleasant, but I regularly had them deliver gas when I had not requested it. I had to budget for my fuel deliveries and was on a "deliver when called" plan so that I could pay them when they filled the tank. But, they would just unexpectedly top me up and bill me when prices were high and then add a delivery charge too (more gouging). Sometimes it took me a month or two to save enough to pay them, but then they would add a late fee each month for a delivery I didn't request. Typically I paid in advance over the phone when I made the order, or I would leave them a check for it under the tank cover. I ordered the minimum 150 gallons a few months ago and they tried to charge me about double the average rate in our area.
I protested that their price should be so high after years of being a customer. The manager agreed to charge me the normal going price and I paid it with my credit card over the phone. The delivery man came a few days later and I saw him filling it, so I asked him how he controlled it to shut off at 150 gallons? He got very surprised acting and shut it off because he said he was going to completely fill it. He then went to the truck and set the pump to stop at 150 gallons. About a month later they began calling to say I owed them more money because they had charged me the wrong rate and now want me to pay them the extra high price instead of the normal price we agreed to and I had already paid in full before they delivered it.
Usually I can go a whole year on one tank of gas and I get them to fill it in the summer when they aren't busy and the prices are low. A few years ago they filled me, without my request, in the spring. I paid that bill right away anyhow. A month later, they claimed they had to completely fill it again even though it was summer and I only heated with gas and had not used my furnace. I've been hearing a lot of stories like this from neighbors.
This company overcharges their customers by more than 100%. The national avg. for propane is $1.99 and yet Heritage charges $4.03 per gallon. Ridiculous! Stay away from this company. They overcharge and have no explanations why other than they want to be greedy. There are plenty of other reputable, honest and fair companies servicing the area. This has been occurring for several years. If you are lucky, they will give you a "special discount" and drop the price but that only happens in rare instances.
I used Marlen Gas in 1996 for tank and propane and paid a $25 deposit for the tank. In 2001 they switched the tank out for a smaller one and for the 17+ years I used their service I only paid for the propane when I took a delivery. They went out of business a few years ago so I found a new provider. Heritage delivered my propane and then about a year later, started billing me for a service fee for the tank lease since I wasn't getting delivery. I cook with propane. I don't use 250 gal every couple of years to cook. I have and provided paperwork that clearly shows my lease amount n/c and told them so. For over a year they continued to bill me, adding each quarter. They then turned me over to a collection agency.
Yesterday, they came by my house to shut off according to paperwork. I called them and left them a message last night explaining the situation again. Today, they came by again and left me a note with copies of my paperwork from Marlen Gas that clearly shows a n/c lease. For 17 years I was never billed a lease fee. When I had them deliver gas, they should have mentioned if I purchased propane from them. They would charge me if I didn't get a delivery for a while They are trying to get money from me from a company that went out of business. Maybe they bought the tanks, regardless, they neither had me sign a new contract. Their letter says they own Marlen Gas. If that is the case, shouldn't they honor the contract I have had in place for many years. Crooks!!!
we in Florida paying a multiple price increase over the rest of the country??
Wow, I'm reading these reviews; are we talking about the same business? Maybe it's the location, but our experience has been just the opposite of unpleasant. They're wonderful! When they first bought out our old company and took over, things were a little rocky, but that's to be expected. Since they've been Heritage, we have been extremely pleased. We're on their watchdog service, so we receive automatic refills for our gas; we've never run out.
Their techs are the only ones in our area current on and capable of repairing our Rimi propane heater. We have only had to call for service on the heater twice in 11 years; both times they were friendly, prompt, competent, and reasonably priced. We anticipated a delay when we had to call during the holidays, but they had a repair technician here in 20 minutes. Also, we're on a tight budget, and they were willing and easy to work with on our payment management. We'd recommend Heritage Propane to anyone contemplating propane for their homes.
The entire experience with Heritage Propane has been one fiasco after another. From the inept customer service at install to the actual installation (they sent 1 install person attempting to install on a steep slope; I had to help him and it was dangerous for both of us) to the attempt to cancel service which I've been trying to do unsuccessfully for 2 months. At the age of 50 I have to say this has got to be the worst company I have ever dealt with. I recommend avoiding them at all costs.
I moved into a new house that had Heritage gas. I called to change the account into my name and from the first touch point to Heritage it was a disaster. They came out for site inspection and then didn't realize another tech was dispatched incorrectly to disconnect the gas. Their customer support people are completely incompetent and did everything incorrectly. How they stay in business I do not know. I moved to Ferrellgas and told Heritage to remove their tank a month ago. They couldn't even figure out how to remove their own tank in 30 days. If it is not out by tomorrow I am disposing of it. I would NEVER use this company...
I am a senior citizen who just gets by on social security. I had my bill paid in full and said that I did not want my tank filled till I called for more gas. This was in Nov of 2014; some time in April of 2015 they filled my tank when gas was at an all-time high here. I tried to find funds to pay but just couldn't. You know, heat, eat or meds. I offered so much on my account and was told no. I was pay it all now or get charged $36 late fees for every month that I did not make a full payment. I got someone to help me out and I paid my bill in full. I told the people at the Washington, MO Heritage Propane distribution point that I would call when I needed more LP. Now today I got a letter from them stating they want $150 contract termination fee.
I have had to deal with Heritage Propane in Tampa, Florida 3 times since 2013. Each time has been a terrible experience. November 2013 I ordered fuel and I thought they had delivered it. Well it turns out they messed the order up and never filled the tank and I ran out of propane on Thanksgiving Day and was not able to cook. November 2014 I called them to see if they could come out and check to see what my propane level was because the gauge was cloudy and underground and I was not able to read it. Of course they said that they would but there was some ridiculous service charge for them to do so (even though it is their tank that I rent from them). I told them NOT to come and that I would figure it out and that I would call them back to order propane if I needed it.
WELL, I just happened to be home one day and the truck shows up and the driver said that he has an order to fill my tank! Thank god I was home or they would have filled it without telling me. I had them only put in 62 gallons and I was not even out of fuel and that was over $300. April 2015 (5 months later) my stove is not working so I call them to see if they can come check the tank because I had just had them put propane in 5 months prior.
The guy comes out the next day and says I was out of fuel. I asked him to test the tank so while I think he is doing that he is FILLING UP THE TANK! When I asked him if he could fill it up halfway he said "Too late, I already filled it up with 200 gallons." When I asked what the price per gallon was he said "I have no idea, and I work for the company and still don't know". A week later I got a bill in the mail for $1028!!! I called them and they said they would look into an adjustment but have not heard back. I am converting to electric and they can take this crap tank with them!
We had been a customer since November 2000 without incident. Then seven months ago payment was submitted via my bank's Bill pay program. Heritage Propane denies ever receiving payment even though numerous bank reps have provided the Trace number and Confirmation number of the electronic transfer. The bank has confirmed the IP addresses were correct. The customer service reps at Heritage were at times rude and didn't seem to know what they were doing. Heritage Propane has placed a lock on our underground tank for non-payment. We have contracted with a new Propane company to have Heritage Tank removed & new company's tank installed. Price of gas much less than Heritage. We have every intention of contacting an attorney.
I discontinued in Oct 2014, still have their tank in yard after numerous calls and promises to pick up. Filed BBB complaint Jan 2015 and still no response to BBB. I am so angry and mad!!! Worst business I ever dealt with in my life!! WILL never refer anyone to them no matter WHAT!!
I don't understand the other posting here. My experience with Heritage Propane has always been great. The service is friendly, efficient, and professional. I can't change the expense of the gas but everyone I've ever dealt with at Heritage has been great from the person answering the phone to the delivery man. If you need a propane service, this is who I recommend.
I scheduled an appointment in August 2014 with Chuck at Heritage Propane in Boone to come and service a fireplace and service and move two heaters. He didn't show up or call on the specified day. Two days later, I got a voice mail from a girl in the office saying the workers had been tied up in fixing some leaks and I should call to re-schedule. I re-scheduled and have now spent another day waiting. No one has shown up, no one has called, and no one has returned my call to their office. They promised that my appointment would be the first one of the day, so that I wouldn't be waiting in vain yet again. Clearly, customer service isn't important, so they must have more customers than they need.
Heritage Propane let my gas tank run completely dry in Feb. 2013, despite being an automatic fill up customer, and then came on the coldest day of winter to fill up and price gouged me 1.50 per gallon over competitors prices on a 200 gallon tank maximizing their illicit profits. 4.79 a gallon is what they charged me. When I called to complain to the company about my 978.00 gas bill, they told me I actually received a discount because they didn't charge me a fee for safety checks on an empty tank. I responded that they had let the tank go dry so why would I be responsible for that anyway? I basically got a song and dance about their increase cost of operations during the cold snap and that was the cause of the increase gas prices.
I filed a complaint with the State of TN Consumer Protection Agency for price gouging in a declared state of emergency (they declared a state of emergency the same week I was ripped off by Heritage). I paid my bill in installments for a prearranged late fee and sometime in the summer received a discount of 175.00 on my remaining balance. I’d like to think it was the state attorney’s office that made them refund me the money. I can guarantee you it wasn't their conscience that got to them. Fast forward to end of summer. I told them to come get their tank and they told me it would be a $40 pick up fee and a $150 gas pumping fee to remove my gas from their tank. My tank was practically empty because I did not get a refill after the initial price gouge. They ripped me coming and going. Lied about pick up date and delayed by three weeks. They said they didn't receive a request in writing so they didn't have to come pick it up in the initial time frame they quoted me. I, nor anyone I know, will ever do business with them again.
Called to end my service with Heritage Propane and have them pickup their empty 250 gallon tank. Now they say I owe them a $107 tank pickup fee! They are outta their ** minds if they think for one minute I will be paying them anything to pickup their tank! I'll give them 30 days to pick it up. If not picked up by then, I will have it hauled off by the junk man. WARNING! STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM THIS DAMN COMPANY!!!!!
I've been a customer of Heritage Propane since 1995. Jan 31, 2014, they filled my tank (339 gallons) and sent me a bill at $5.49/gal. I checked the NC Utilities website and saw that propane was selling in NC that week for $4.20/gal. I called another propane company and had them unhook the Heritage Propane tank, and install one of their own (at a rate of $3.99/gal). This was the first week of February. I then called Heritage to pick up their tank. That's over 100 days ago. I have called three times and had pickup expedited....still no pickup.
In the meantime, they continue to dun me for the amount due, and today I got a letter from a collection agency. I called Heritage again and there is nothing they can do to quit hounding me for money, and nothing they can do to speed up, picking up my tank. First, they try and gouge me on the price of propane. Then they will not get their tank off my property and give credit for the fuel in the tank. They will actually pull more propane out of my tank than I owe them for... They will end up owing me. This is just not the way a business should be run. The local office employees have no power to make anything happen.
Refund on gas tank - We had them pick up our 100-gal tank over 6 months ago. Every time we call about it, we get a different story, from new computer system, girl that does that not in, checking on it now as I have your file in my hand, to this has to be investigated. Meanwhile we are still getting the quarterly bills for the tank. Today Denise tells me, the check will be processed, but will take another three weeks as it has to go to corporate office in PA. I asked that she has the address to that office ready when I have someone else call, if check not received by next month and she accused me of threatening her and hung up the phone. We have been more than patient and we were with them for years. Will never use them again. Guess my next step will be Better Business Bureau and one of the TV channels. Not a threat.
March 2013, was required to fill in a new ACH transfer form. Did so. Mailed it in. Received telephone confirmation it was received. Gave my email in case further contact was needed. No further contact or invoices from Heritage until March 2014. Received invoice dated March 10, 2013 for past due dating to 4/30/2013 totaling $51.99. Called office in Tampa and after lengthy hold related above. Person advised she would look into it and find out why their computer system missed my input. Explained I didn't feel obligated to fix their errors or omissions. Woman said she would look into it. No response.
March 28th, called office to ask for 'on special' top up. Told I would have to pay past due; repeated previous discussion. Person told me she would look into it and get back to me. No response from woman. March 31st received invoice, second in space of 15 days this time adding $36 late fee. Called office, hung up after 10 minutes on hold and redialed. Woman asked me to hold; explained I'd been on hold for 10 minutes. Woman took my number and said she'd call back when they were less busy. No call back, of course.
I signed up as a customer of Hillsboro Gas. Hillsboro's service was prompt, friendly and courteous. Never had a problem until this dreadful Heritage company took them over. Next step for me is to pay the past due, omitting the late fee and to cancel any future dealings with Heritage. After my many decades on this planet, I am happy to confirm that Heritage Propane is the absolute worst company I have ever dealt with and I advise those who may need propane service to SEARCH DILIGENTLY FOR ANY ALTERNATIVE TO HERITAGE PROPANE.
In September 2013, I signed a contract with Heritage and paid them for 500 gallons of propane under a "keep full" contract whereby Heritage was supposed to keep my 250 gallon propane tank full on a monthly basis. On Oct 7, 2013, Dec 7, 2013, and Jan 6, 2014, Heritage delivered a total of 335.1 gallons. On Jan 27, 2014, I called Heritage to inform them that I was getting low on gas and was at 25%. On Jan 29, 2014, I received delivery of only 100 gallons of gas even though the tank could have held the remaining gallons of my contract of 164.9.
On Feb 12, 2013, I called Heritage to inform them that I was again at 25% and needed to get my remaining gallons of 64.9 gallons. They said that delivery would be made in 5-7 days, but after 10 days, I had still not received any propane, and my tank was now at a critical 10%. I called again and was told that their minimum delivery was 100 gallons, and that I would have to now pay $3.59 per gallon for every gallon above my contract price of $2.599.
I would not have had to get the additional 35.1 gallons at $3.59 had Heritage delivered the contract balance of 164.9 gallons on Jan 29, 2014, as they could have delivered, and were supposed to deliver. In addition, because of the additional unnecessary delivery, I had to pay an additional HazMat Fee and Fuel Recovery Fee of $17 that I wouldn't have had to pay if Heritage had delivered the balance of my contract on Jan 29, 2014, as they were supposed to do.
In summary, I had to pay Heritage an additional cost of $50 that I shouldn't have incurred had Heritage honored their contract as they were supposed to do. But even more aggravating is the need to continually monitor my propane tank to ensure that I don't run out of gas, which is extremely critical during the winter as this is our only source of fuel for both heating and cooking. After being a customer of Heritage and their predecessor companies for 30 years, I am fed up with this company and will now look for another company to furnish my propane.
I had service with this company. I sold my house. I was supposed to be refunded $318.82 for gas paid for but not used. This was 16 weeks ago (3 1/2 months) and still have not received my refund. I have called the office several times and I am told every time, "Yes, I see your refund is due for that amount. Your account is stuck in 'limbo' in our computer system and we are very short staffed. I will work on this for you today and call you back." Needless to say, they never call or send a refund check. BAD BUSINESS!!!
Heritage Propane -- their tagline is Relationships Matter. Although that is their tagline, it is not true. I have been a customer of this company since 2009 when I bought my home and it had a buried tank that is owned by them. My first order was accepted and then before I got my bill I lost my job and called them and explained the situation to them and asked if I could have longer to pay the bill. The answer was, "NO"! Short, simple, but not sweet! Every other company I deal with including my mortgage company was willing to work with me, but not Heritage Propane. I worked several part-time jobs until the end of 2011 when I finally got a full time job. During that time I ordered propane, it was delivered and I paid the driver - because this was their requirement.
Fast forward to September 2013! I called my local office on Labor Day, knowing they were not working and left a message and ordered propane. I asked them to return the call and tell me how much I owe so I can make sure I have the amount in my checking account to pay them. I hear nothing from them, so on Thursday after the Labor Day, I drive to the local office and they acknowledged that they got my message, but…they never responded and they were not going to deliver my propane!
When I asked why, the comment was made, "our policy has changed and now you must pay before we deliver it". "Our policy has changed and now you must pay before we deliver it!!” I asked them why I had to pay before it was delivered when I had neighbors who received a bill. That is when I was told, "Because in 2009 you were late paying your bill." Because I lost my job, and did not pay my bill on time they have chosen to punish me 4 years later, although I have continually paid my bill upon delivery every time since then. I checked my credit score and it is 714, which is not too bad, but I was told by Heritage that your credit score does not matter to them.
Overall, they have been the worst company I have ever dealt with; they are rude and talk down to their customers and have no concern about anything but themselves. I would love to change companies but the builder of my home signed an agreement with them to bury the tanks and in the agreement, the homeowner had to pay $750.00 to have it dug up and removed!!! THIS IS THE WORST COMPANY IN AMERICA - I wish there was an award that says that, because these people would win it every year. I would rather deal over and over again with airlines, car dealerships, etc., just to not have to deal with Heritage Propane!!!
In the movie "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" there is a line that says, "I could handle a 3 day insurance seminar and people would say how do you do it and I would reply, (I'm changing the line here), I have survived dealing with Heritage Propane!!!”
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