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I'm new to the whole out on my own scene. I just recently moved to Rockford and am renting my very first apartment on my own. I'm responsible for paying for gas and electricity. Electricity was easy. All I had to do was make a phone call and I was in the clear. Nicor, not so much. I called a week ago to set up my gas account. They told me the soonest they could come out would be today (a week) to get a meter reading and what not. I set up the appointment for today between 8am-12pm.
Now since I live on my own and all my closest friends and family live back in Chicago, I had to take off work to be home for them to come out. Today is the day and I've been up since 7am waiting. I even posted a note on the apartment building door to knock on my window (I'm on the first floor. The building also doesn't have doorbells) if they have trouble getting inside. I've been sitting in the dining room watching the door waiting and waiting and waiting. I can hear when someone pulls into the driveway since my apartment is right by it. I can also hear when someone enters the building since the security door is loud af.
At 12:49pm, I began to worry that I might have missed them. I have some experience with utility companies who would pull up and not even attempt to knock on your door or anything before leaving. I called the customer service desk and was told that someone will be out in 20-30 minutes. I said cool. Waited 2 hours and still no one showed. At 2:50-ish, I called again to see where they were and was told that someone would be here by 4pm. I said okay, thanked them for their service and hung up. By 4:01 when no one still showed up I called back and was told that someone would be on their way, but I was waiting so long because they had a high number of "emergency leaks" in my area. Which I believe is total **.
It is now 6:05pm and I tried calling again only to be told the customer service desk is closed and to call back during business hours. I don't know where this company learned how to do business but this damn sure isn't it. I basically wasted an entire day sitting around to be stood up by the damn GAS COMPANY! All I want is for the gas to be turned on. I've already had to struggle through a week like this using a hot plate and what not and if they couldn't meet the damn appointment they set they should've informed me as soon as possible and I wouldn't have had to miss an entire work day! Now I'm sure I'm going to have to call off work again to be here for these incompetent idiots to come out and turn my gas on.
Before I wrote my review I looked at other reviews and saw just how trash this company is, and how they're the only ones providing gas. The beauty? I will keep tabs on these idiots, documenting every incident and if they so much as cross me one more time I will sue the entire company into the ground. Nicor Gas Company, do better you heathens!
Nicor Gas has the worse customer service, simply uneducated on how to be courteous to customers, regardless of the customer's circumstance. They must remember they are in a "business". They are getting paid to answer calls. Their paycheck depends on us customers, and if they dislike their job, they must get educated and begin a better job search that can teach manners, better yet, the company should hire educated individuals. The customer service reps that take my calls take joy in being rude, take pride in being the worse. REMEMBER THERE ARE OTHER GAS SUPPLIERS! I'm switching today. Can't deal with that anymore!
Had a bill shut off due to non-payment. Paid it on a Wednesday and they said nobody would be out until Monday between 8am -12pm. Nobody showed up yet. Called them and of course "no supervisors are available" **! Why would you tell them a time frame if you dont show up at that time. I asked if or when the next available worker would be here and she said they dont have that information. Lies! I'm to the point of switching everything to electric. Horrible customer service.
My gas got disconnected without notice. I called and paid the bill then was informed that I had to wait 5 DAYS to get my service restored after I told them I have four children in the house one including a 5 day old baby and still nothing. I think this is by far the WORST company ever. I feel they need to reevaluate their policy because as quick as they turned it off they should be able to turn it back on with a confirmation of payment. It's that easy... IJS.
My gas service was disconnected by Nicor on Friday (6/17/2016) due to an oversight of payment on my part. Shame on me. I didn't even know until I tried to cook dinner that night and the stove wouldn't light. I went downstairs and checked to see if the water heater pilot light was on, which it wasn't. My next step was to check the meter. When I went outside, I found out my gas was shut off and locked. I immediately found Nicor's number and called only to find out their customer service department was closed. This was at 6:15 pm. Now I have to wait until Monday morning, because they are closed on the weekends, to call and schedule an appointment for reconnect service.
So I call first thing Monday morning to find out I won't have gas until Thursday (6 days after disconnect) between the hours of 4 and 8 pm. According to the person I was speaking with, this was the absolute soonest it could be turned back on. I explained to this person that there are small children in the house but he didn't care. Nicor, you service more that 2 million customers yet you only handle customer service calls until 6 pm Monday - Friday. No weekend, no holidays, except for emergencies. This is unacceptable!! Once a customer is in good account standing, you shouldn't have to wait up to seven days to get your gas turned back on. They have no problem shutting it off, it shouldn't be a problem to turn it back on.
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Horrible company!!! No bill, no notice at all of shut off. Then told I owe for 5 months. But no bill sent. So I paid bill. Then they tell me to get it turned back on I have to wait for 5 DAYS!!! After speaking with 5 different people and two rude as hell supervisors then told I will be transferred to a manager. Then amazingly my call keeps being disconnected. THEY ARE THE WORST COMPANY!!! HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE, HORRIBLE!!! SCAM ARTISTS! SHADY AS HELL!
Terrible customer service and billing system. I added my credit card information and set up auto-pay when I opened my account. Not only did their billing system delete my credit card, it also never initiated my auto-pay, even though the website confirmed it at the time. This resulted in late fees being tacked on to my bill without my knowledge, and no notification that my credit card or auto-pay was removed. On top of that, no phone call, letter, or email was sent saying that there was any unpaid billing issue.
The customer service rep just tells me auto-pay was never initiated and gives me the steps to set it up. WOW, thanks, I've done that on every credit account I have, this isn't my first rodeo. So I escalate the issue to a manager. The manager claims that their system is perfect and any billing related issues are completely my fault. Since they don't have any records of my credit information, it must be MY fault. Thankfully I'm moving and will no longer need to deal with this joke of a company. BEWARE, you're better off sending in a physical payment every month than dealing with their bug riddled online auto-pay system.
I tried to change the information on my auto-pay today, to update the new expiration date on my credit card. I couldn't. It wouldn't let me enter the new date, and wouldn't let me call it a new card. And when I tried to find a way to contact Nicor, there was NO WAY other than email and a 72-hour wait. I called the phone number and got an endless loop -- "I'll need to look up your account." and then a pause and right back to the main menu. This is a terrible company with a monopoly in the area, so I have no choice but to use them. Also, they are archaic when it comes to contacting them.
Worst company you can even deal with. I hate Nicor gas and I pray day and night for them to go out of business. They shut my gas service for $200 dollars and I am set for auto pay. They never called me about the bill and I didn't know until the service shut off. I called them and paid it and still they didn't come and reconnect it. I have 2 kids and wife and my mother who's 80 years old who has a problem breathing and yesterday at 1 a.m I took her to the emergency room and Nicor gas knows about all that and they don't care. It's 20 outside so cold and don't know what to do. I think we live in the 5th world.
Nicor Gas decided to turn off my gas on April 18, 2016 to replace our meter. There was no notification on the door prior to the shut off and no warning telephone call which I understood was legally required. Our account is in good standing. We knew nothing of the gas shut off until the next morning when there was no heat and no hot water and no stove on which to cook. When I called Nicor, they told me that if I could stay home from work today they could have someone come out to turn the gas on. Terrible customer service. It is like we live in a third world country.
We moved recently and had just made a payment. We had been on the payment plan. The customer service agent told me she cancelled the account. I call when we move and we would continue with the payment plan. I Called and apparently they didn't transfer service. My meter got shut off yesterday. I called this morning and paid bill in full and transferred service but they won't turn on for 4 days. It's 20 outside and my children are freezing. I have nowhere to bring them and they just can't seem to get here sooner. This company sucks. We need an alternative to Nicor. Not only are my kids cold but I have Raynaud's Phenomenon where I lose circulation in my fingers and toes when it's cold. I could lose my fingers and toes.
I am set up for automatic, fixed payments with Nicor. However last month Nicor took an additional $724. I discovered this when my debit card was declined at a store. Nicor admitted their mistake but said I would have to wait ten days to get money back. This was a huge problem because this was money allocated for mortgage. It's been over ten days and not only did they not return my money, they are helping themselves to it. My latest statement shows a credit balance of a little over $500 and they took $200 for current bill. This bill isn't due until the end of the month. I need my money back to pay my bills due the 15th.
After husband tried to establish service Nicor sent letter stating he could not obtain service because of a bill I had from 9 years ago. This bill was from before we were married or even knew each other. I explained and they stated when you marry someone you marry their debt in Illinois. Unbelievable. I have all conversations copied, recorded from three different Nicor employees.
My lease was going to be up at the end of May 2015 so I filled out two stop service forms and requested for my service to be shut off and taken out of my name as of May 30, 2015. My service was not taken out of my name and the vacant house was still being billed to me. After my bill was racked up to nearly $200, I called and asked to speak with a supervisor. The supervisor advised me that she would stop the service and send me my final bill to my new address, which I supplied her with. I never received my final bill; instead I received a letter in the mail indicating that my account was now being handled by a collection agency due to my unpaid balance. I then called Nicor and asked to speak with a manager again to see what had caused this issue. I was informed that a supervisor would call me back within 24-48 hours. That was over 72 hours ago and I have yet to receive a call back from them.
Nicor stopped sending monthly bill in January or February 2015. I sent 100 dollars. For a couple of months asking to send a bill. They never did. Since April of 2015, the gas was on. I did not receive any kind of bill. Not even a shut off notice. I came home today Sept 2nd 2015 with no gas service. I don't owe that much and will pay on the bill til caught up. Is this against the law to just shut off service without sending prior notice. Of any kind?
During the evening of 8/19/2015 we found that our gas service had been suspended. Prior to this I had scheduled the payment online to be taken out on 8/21/2015 in order to avoid disconnection. The bill was less than 30 days past due (it was due 7/26/2015). Of course we didn't discover it was shut off until after their customer service line was closed for the evening. On the morning of 8/20/2015 at 7:02 am I called to schedule an appointment to have a tech come out to turn our meter back on. During this call I was provided an appointment time slot of 8/21/2015 from 8a-12p (today). By 11:30a today (8/21) I was concerned that I had not heard anything and called the appointment department regarding this.
Here I was told that the tech already came by, but left as there was no response. Considering my dog barks uncontrollably when anybody comes home, at the mail truck, garbage truck, neighbors in their driveways, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc. I find it hard to believe that he stayed quiet when the Nicor tech came to the door. In the end, I don't believe for a moment that the tech actually came to the door. I think he pulled up, saw that there wasn't a car in the driveway, and left. After an hour on the phone with 4 different reps, I cannot have service restored until 8/25/2015. If you care to know the details, they are written below.
11:36 am (27m 32s) - I call and speak with a representative (Annie) who confirms that my appointment was scheduled from 8a-12p today. She goes on to state that a tech came by at 8:26a and that nobody was home. I explain to her that this is not accurate as I have not only been home, but also awake since 6:30a. She said that the tech's note stated that there was a car in the driveway, but nobody answered. I explain that my car is on the street, and that my dog would have barked hysterically if someone knocked on the door. She then said that the notes said there was no car, but he heard a dog bark. (So the car was in the driveway and NOT in the driveway at the same time? Suspicious.) She said that there was a notice left by the tech that he had come by.
While talking to her I check outside and there is no notice left by the tech. When I tell her this she says that he wouldn't have left a note. (So he left one, but wouldn't leave one? This isn't adding up.) I explained to her that this cannot be accurate, as my dog freaks out when the neighbors are in their own driveway, and that there is no way he would have not barked incessantly if someone knocked on the door. Additionally my 13 y.o. son, whose open bedroom window is a few feet from the door, did not hear anybody knock at the door. She apologized stating that there is nothing that can be done except to reschedule 8/25 from 8a-12p. Although she was totally polite, the flip-flopping of information she was giving me was very concerning. So I ask for a supervisor, hoping going up the chain will help.
The supervisor I spoke to (Rose) was completely rude to me. At this point I was crying as I explained to her that I am 8 months pregnant, had to cancel a doctor's appointment to be home this morning, and that there is no way that the tech actually came to the door and knocked without myself, my son, or my dog knowing about it. I explained that the information provided by the previous rep and tech did not add up, and that it sounded more like he didn't come to the door. During this interaction she repeatedly interrupted me stating that it can be rescheduled for 8/25 or not at all. I explained that this won't work as I have to register my son for school that day, and I work later at 2p. I explained that today was perfect as I don't work on Fridays. Her solution was to offer an appointment on 8/28 instead, pushing it back another 3 days.
I literally sat there crying, completely speechless at the situation. I asked, begged, pleaded is there any way, any way at all, that somebody can come out sooner. After all, I was home throughout the appointment window, I had the payment scheduled before the shut-off occurred, and the payment was less than 30 days late. Nope, nada, zilch. I tell her I'll take the appointment for 8/25 from 8a-12p. Then she hung up on me without even saying anything.
12:36p (45m 39s) I realized that I called about the "missed" appointment within the appointment window. I decide to call back, hoping beyond hope for a different rep that might be able to help. I get a new rep (Rosita, who was really nice) and explained the situation as calmly as possible. I asked if it makes a difference that I called about the "missed" appointment prior to the close of the appointment window. She said that it was possible, but it would have to go to a supervisor. I explained my interaction with the previous supervisor and requested that I do not speak with her again.
She was able to get me another supervisor (Peg) to speak with. I explained to the new supervisor the entire situation and requested to know the *exact* notes made by the tech. She said "8:26a no answer at the door, no car, dog barking." I reiterated that my dog would have gone bananas if somebody knocked; my son or I would have noticed this, especially as we were waiting for someone to come by. I questioned if it was possible to be put back on the schedule for the end of the day as I called about the issue during the appointment window. She said that it is not possible at all. I asked, "But what about the time he didn't spend at my house restoring service, isn't that time still open for him? After all, that's 20 minutes that he didn't spend working today." Apparently the techs are so overbooked that the moment he left my property that 20 minutes of time literally disappeared, despite the fact that time cannot be sped, slowed, or changed.
I questioned how it was possible that when I set the appointment initially it was scheduled for 25-29 hours later, whereas now I have to wait more than 80 hours. Apparently when I called yesterday at 7:02a it was just the right time before they got calls from all of the other people they shut off gas to this week. I asked if the techs ever call before they come out (you know, like EVERY OTHER COMPANY OUT THERE). I was told that they only call first if it is requested. Being completely defeated by the situation I confirmed that the new appointment is for 8/25, and asked that I be called first. All in all I have a hard time just accepting this whole situation at face value. Shady business practices, poor service from supervisors, and poor service from their techs. Nicor should be grateful that they have a monopoly over natural gas in northern Illinois.
I was having my service reconnected. My appointment was from 8am-12pm. I was home during that time. My wife came home at 10:30 from errands. She sees a note attached to the door stating Nicor was here at 9:45 and they would reschedule for Thursday. I immediately called customer service and request the service tech to come back to my residence. I told the supervisor that no attempt was made by the tech at the door to contact me because I have 2 dogs that would have barked if the doorbell was pushed. He tells me that they do not ring the doorbells. Odd I thought. I asked him to send back out a tech so I would not have to wait 2 days since we were still in the 8-12 appointment time. He apologized and said that was not possible since the appointment was already met and that they were overbooked.
I tried reasoning with this supervisor, but he stuck to his protocol. Bravo, he won. He would not allow me to speak to his superior. That must be in his job description. So now, from the time I paid my bill to the time I will receive service is 6 days. Again I asked the supervisor if he can see if there is a tech in the area. He said they know where their techs are at all times. I asked him to contact one in the area and see if he can swing by. He would not. Why is there not an effort to contact the customer, phone call or doorbell??? This is very traumatic for my wife.
I filed bankruptcy and everything was discharged Nicor Gas said they didn't receive any paper, so lawyer sent the 341 they requested and got confirmation they received and they still won't turn my gas on. I just moved, my son is asthmatic, my daughter is 9 months, and everybody I spoke to was rude. ** the representative, ** the supervisor - ** the representative just sounded like she just don't care - as soon as I told her what was going, she said "I'll get a supervisor", which was rude **. So frustrated my kids don't have hot water. Is there another gas, 'cause Nicor sucks!
This company is the most bogus gas company ever. I separated from my husband 8 years ago. I had an old account which were in my name. My husband's server were interrupted at his new home of 5 years and Nicor combined my account with his account. I thought it was illegal to add someone else account to another person. They lied and said that he was a co-applicant on my account so that they can get the money that I'm responsible for. Nevertheless, I never seen his name on any of my bills. Shady in Illinois.
They shut gas off after I sent partial payment in. Wasn't able to get any customer service until after disconnect. I see that this is typical. Also online wouldn't accept partial payment. Also 4 days before service restoration. Crummy crummy crummy customer service.
Nicor requested a date to come to my home and replace the gas meter. The date was arranged and they defaulted on the 4 hour window "due to an emergency in the area." I rescheduled around an impending vacation. My neighbor called me during that vacation to inform me the meter was exchanged in my absence and Nicor taped a notice on my front door announcing they would need to return to light the pilots. I'm livid that they disregarded the appointed date, came on my property placing this notice on my door, and I returned home to no heat or hot water. Once you call to have the pilots relit, they are suppose to do so within 2 hours. Four and a half hours after the call they did arrive. During this time I was on the phone for 55 minutes waiting to speak to a manager. Apparently no one efficient is running the shop.
Nicor came to my house to read the gas meter. Tore the lattice off of the bottom of our deck off, and damaged all of the lattice. No reason to have done this. The gas meter has a trap door on top of the deck. I called to report it, they said they were not liable for any damages. I going to call the media. Who do they think they are!!!!
It's sad, I call to get my gas turned on and they say since I got married I have to pay my husband's bill that he had before he married me, a bill from 2009. I wasn't even with him. Lawyers say that they can't do that but they did hate Nicor. Wish there was somewhere else. Sick of this crap.
Since we have lived in our home (2 years), we have received exactly 2 bills from Nocommonsense. Today just when we started showers, dinners and laundry, our service was disconnected-conveniently 15 minutes after they closed for the day, and a day before they are off. I guess it's better. Last time it was on Thurs and yes, they just couldn't make it out until the next week. We have babies. How is it no one can control this monster. Of course, we will need to pay a plumber to get the gas water heater going again. We tried last time, and it even took the plumber some work-add another 250.00. BTW a friend still has a disconnect on his credit from 15 years ago while living with a bunch of his buddies in college-lost bills.
On January 5th 2015 Nicor employees where installing a new gas line across the street when one of their trailers crashed and wiped out our mailbox. Since then we still don't have it fixed or replaced. They could care less about what they did. I have done everything they asked me to do get an estimate, fax, call and follow up so many times that my phone has them on speed dial. One lady ** said that she would put a "rush" on this because they claim they never received the fax! OMG still to date, March 18th my neighbors drive by and shake their head???
HELLO Friends. We live in Chicago ill. We did not receive any bills from Nicor and I call them so many times but we did not receive any. On January 9th, 2015 Nicor Gas company shut off my service and they send me bill for 585 days. Right now, we don't have heating on this chilly winter. What can I do???
I paid over $400 to get my gas back on and get told they have not one person to turn on my service until Dec 6, 2 weeks. They are calling for freezing rain and snow. And because it's thanksgiving next Thursday, they have no one. Come on, I need help please. I need to get it restored Now, not 2 weeks. Thanksgiving is a week away and it's 1 Day not a week.
My wife and I had just bought a new house in the summer of 2013. Neither of us had ever used NICOR before - electric heat & cooking. I have used budget plans from our power company and it averages out your bill so you can budget. My mother had used NICOR's budget plan and liked it. So I signed up..mainly because my wife had just lost her job and we needed to budget heavily! So from December - March out gas bill was $72. Now we only have a gas oven, stove, and water heater. No clothes dryer. So I assumed that their budget plan was continual - like the power company's and like my mother's NICOR budget plan. Imagine how shocked we were when we get a bill in April with a $485 settle-up charge saying we owned them this much for the high winter costs we didn't pay!!! NICOR neither showed us how much the actual usage costs were during those months nor told us there would be a settle-up charge in the Spring. So we have no way of knowing how much we were actually using and if this change was even real! They could have come up with any number and claimed it was a real charge for usage.
In response we tried to make a deal with them because we couldn't afford the bulk payment. They argued and tried to contrive some ridiculously complicated pay-back plan that sounded like another opportunity to bilk us out of money. My wife grabbed the phone and said we will send them what we can afford and hung up. So, for the nest five months we set them $55, $85, $65, $45 and $80 checks with no one complaining, the checks being cashed and no late fees being charged and out settle-up balance was going down. Then, just a few days ago (late October 2014) we get a bill with the reduced settle-up fee, the amount we sent in the previous month to pay that off, the usage fee and then a deposit for $56 with a new larger $335 settle-up fee!!! We asked them why the charge and they said that we haven't been paying our bill. We argued and said we had been but they wouldn't listen to reason. They recommended we called the Commerce Commission and we did and they said that that deposit wouldn't have existed if we had been paying our bill! They recommended we pay up the new larger settle-up fee and hope we can get the deposit refunded.
I don't know about you but this is highway robbery!!! This company is acting like criminal mafia - offering to help and then grabbing you by the throat and demanding their money - but you have no way to know if the settle-up fee isn't just a way to rob you!! We have paid all our bills asked of us and paid them on time. We have never missed a payment and have been more than willing to come to a fair arrangement. With only my income we are unable to pay off this questionable and huge settle-up charge that came out of nowhere. NICOR needs to be sued massively and put out of business!!
I discovered Sunday when I did not have any hot water that my gas was shut off. When I called Nicor emergency line they told me I had to call customer service Monday. I called first thing Monday morning and come to find out my bills had been returned to Nicor because they had my wrong mailing address even though they should have my address since they have been my gas provider. I promptly paid the bill and was told I have to wait a week for my gas to be turned back on. I pleaded and begged for them to turn it on sooner since I have a three month old at home and the customer service lady asked if I was done with my sob story. This is by far the worst service I have ever gotten from any company. Shame on you Nicor.
Nicor came to my home to restore service and they forgot to light the pilot to oven. He lit stove pilot. We slept with a gas leak all night. I woke up with a headache. No one ever called from Nicor to asked if everyone was okay.
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