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They are fraud. I have exact same issue as other reviewers. Auto payment was set up from my account. They did not request the bill pay for long time and sent me $652.75 bill after a year. They are fraud. I don't know how regulators are allowing this company to run. I am going to send a letter to my local Senator and will refer this review website in the letter. Also after spending hours discussing on the phone and reading the absolutely complex bills of last seven months I found unjustifiable $183.99 additional charge in February bill. They were trusted with our bank accounts and were free to debit any amount of money. This is absolutely insane. MY ADVICE. IMMEDIATELY STOP AUTO PAY TO THEM. CHECK YOUR EVERY BILL (I know not convenient but trust me worth it in this case.). DON'T JUST TRUST WHAT CUSTOMER SERVICE SAY WITHOUT GETTING VERIFIED. (They will get you confused in bills and will end up saying charges are right.)
Washington Gas stopped drafting money out of my account and for months didn't notify me until my bill had quadrupled in size. I called them after the recent bill frantic because they threatened to shut off the gas and I have a disabled elderly person living in my home who requires assisted living. The company told me that they, for months have been attempting to draft money out of my account. My financial institution would later tell me that no such attempts were made. They charged me numerous $25 return check charges and refused to waive the fees.
For no other reason than to charge numerous additional $25 return check charges this company allowed payments to go undrafted from my account. This is predatory behavior and hurtful to the customer. They will blame you or your financial institution for the payment failures and then refuse to reimburse those charges. Be extremely careful when reviewing your bank charges or bills or you could spend many hours on the phone trying to resolve issues. This company will create a problem, blame you for it and then charge you for the problem they created.
Business Model is Awful. Washington Gas requires you to be home from 7am to 5pm without any better indication of when they will be home. The first representative promised me that we would get a call 15 minutes ahead of time. The day of, I called and confirmed we would be getting that call and she told me probably not and that it was the discretion of the driver. We were all already at work and had plans for a close by friend to come when we got the call.
It already took them 5 days for the first available appointment to literally come, turn on a switch. Also, if you put our address in the GPS it sends you to another house, so I asked if she could put in our file or alert the driver of a correct address to put and she told me no, it would push our appointment back until tomorrow. The driver was already assigned and en route, so I don't understand why he couldn't be contacted. She told me because he was en route he would be there within the hour. We have now surpassed one hour and he has yet to show up.
If I didn't have to use this service, I 100% would not. I would also tell everyone I know to never use Washington Gas. On top of that the first representative, put in the wrong email (@gmail. Not even the correct domain) and had such an attitude with me. The second representative was better, but was unable to help solve any issue. Long story short, even the cable companies have a better system.
We just moved to our home which uses gas - for the past 30 years we lived in homes with electric heat pumps. We get our first gas bill and it states because of my credit status I must pay a $330 deposit which they will return to me after one year if I make timely payments. This is the first time I've been asked by a utility company to pay a deposit because of being "not credit worthy".
I first talked with Doris who stated that TransUnion was contacted for my credit score. Because my FICO score is in the high 790-819 range I knew something was amiss and asked for the phone number to contact them. Doris came back on and said it was not TransUnion but Equifax and gave me the number. I called Equifax and they said no one contacted them from Washington Gas about me and the Equifax rep wanted to know why they said I did not have good credit. I called Washington Gas again and spoke to Cameisha. She said that Washington Gas doesn't contact Equifax but does a "soft" credit check which means they look at other utility companies I've used. I knew that was not accurate because I have faithfully paid WSSC and Dominion Power for decades without missing payments.
I asked to speak to a supervisor or the accounting department. However, no supervisor was available and the accounting department, who makes the final decisions, does not have a phone number for customers. Cameisha had to email them and ask them to contact me within 3 business days. Nothing happened so I called back after 4 business days only to find the accounting department stated I must pay my deposit and leave it with them for the next year. I spoke with Lewis, who was the nicest rep of the group. He talked with a supervisor and asked if anyone had taken my SSN when setting up my account. I could not recall, but it would make sense since the answers they are giving demonstrated they could not have done any investigation on me. Lewis assured me a supervisor would call me back within an hour. Well, that didn't happen...
Next I got Jannika who read me the same response from the accounting department. I asked for a supervisor, but again she said they would tell me the same thing. I explained it all again to Jannika and she said the only thing she could do was write another email to the accounting department and wait 7 to 14 business days for their response. When I explained that Doris lied when she said my credit was checked by Equifax, when it wasn't. Then Cameisha and Jannika could not tell me which utility was contacted as a "soft" credit check because I would contact them myself to ask why they gave me a negative report. It wasn't until much later that Jannika said because my SSN was probably not taken when setting up my account, they would need to communicate that with the accounting department.
In addition to the customer reps' unhelpful suggestions (except Lewis), no one could explain to me how they came to the conclusion I had poor credit when I told them I am more than happy to have them check my FICO scores. It was obvious no one checked my scores. But, they would not share any of that. Instead, it appears they do anything they can to require a deposit from customers and keep that money for a year for their own benefit. If Washington Gas does that to someone who has superior credit, what will they do to the person with average credit? This is why I decided to explain my displeasure with Washington Gas so that others with good credit can question their tactics for requiring a deposit.
Just before we hung up, Jannika must have noticed that my account had a $330 credit (I had already paid the entire bill including the deposit as I didn't want any late charges while I disputed the deposit). Jannika stated a credit had just posted on my account (how did that happen?) and she sent an email to accounting to have them send back my deposit via mail. Again, it will take between 7 to 14 business days for them to send me the check. We'll see... I'm not holding my breath. If this experience is indicative of their service, I have no faith they can resolve this within the next 14 business days. So sad we are stuck with this inept company - the worst utility company I've dealt with in my 30+ years here.
We have been waiting for hours for your serviceman to come today. I just called your customer service number and spent 15 minutes on the phone with them - most of that time I was on hold. According to customer service your service rep called me at 12:34:15 and could not reach me so he left. My phone records all calls - there was NONE!!!! Nor was there a voice message.
I was told he could not get in the building so he left. The front doors to the building are all unlocked and the garage door is broke and left wide open. He could have walked in and taken the elevator to unit 102. We have been waiting all day in a cold condo waiting for someone to come turn the gas on. We asked last Wednesday for service to this unit. Now I am told someone could come today anywhere from now, 3 pm, until 10:30 pm. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE SERVICE!!! Sadly I have no choice but to use your firm.
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We bought a new house and called to transfer gas service into our names as of 12/21. We weren't moving in immediately, but live locally, so a few days later we stopped by to drop off some stuff and notice that the house is freezing. We call Washington Gas and the woman on the phone confirms that they shut the gas off as of 12/21 and that as far as she can tell, it is their mistake. They have no one available to come out that day, but she assures us someone will be out the next day by 5pm, and they will give us 30 minutes notice. The next day it is creeping up on 4pm so we give them a call to confirm they are still coming out. Yes, they tell us, but it could be anytime until 9pm, and the notice given is only 15 minutes, so we better be waiting around for them. Long story short, no one ever shows.
We go through the same thing the next day and we are told the same thing about 9pm. When it starts getting late my husband calls and they tell him actually the techs work until 2am, so it could be anytime until then. I find this ridiculous to believe, since they need to gain access to our house, and of course I am correct because, after sitting in the driveway of our freezing cold house until after midnight my husband finally just comes home. This time my husband is pissed and gives them a call the next day and they tell him they aren't activating any new accounts until their system comes back up on 1/3 (first we've been told this). They try to give us an appt (the first available) on 1/11 which my husband says is unacceptable considering they have stood us up multiple times already. Magically they are able to squeeze us in on 1/3.
According to their website the system will be back up at 10am, so my husband waits until 10, gives them a call, and they tell him he's not on the schedule for 1/3, but he's on the schedule for 1/5. He argues, speaks with a manager. Nothing is resolved. He now has to take more time off work to sit around at their beck and call tomorrow, and God knows if they'll even show up. I am beyond annoyed at this point and if we had any other options I certainly would go with anyone other than Washington Gas. Thankfully we aren't living in the house yet, but they don't know that, and with the freezing cold temperatures if a pipe burst it would be on us, not them to eat the cost.
I understand Washington Gas is updating their systems. However to be forced to pay by waiting for someone to pick up the phone for over an hour is unacceptable. The Online Recourse is long enough. This is just a complaint from today. Last year I failed to pay. Had to wait for payday. They disconnected me. Fair enough. However I paid my reconnect fee and my bill in full. Obviously before they would come out ok, I paid everything on a Friday. They WOULD NOT come and turn my service on until Monday (mind I paid all fees by 10 a.m. on that Friday) middle of November with a small child in my home.
I hate this company. The manager was so rude and nasty and inhuman. I begged for him to send someone out as it was mid November and was cold. He said absolutely not its policy. Since when is it policy to let someone and a child to go cold with no hot water in Mid November really!!! They are an evil company and I wish I could move slowly so I do not have to deal with them!
Transfer calls to Philippines. Rude customer service... they charge whatever they want for the bills. Shady meters - some old or leak since their contractors do not service them or install them properly. The leaks on their meters make your bill insanely high. The government must be getting some cuts from this company since they let them operate freely. Criminal monopoly that operates freely and legally stealing from people.
Customer service is non existent with Wash Gas. How is a utility company closed on a Friday? Even their online site is closed. I live in another state and I've been trying to connect gas to my Alexandria home for a week and they've been impossible to deal with. They should be shut down by the government. Worst customer service in history!
In Feb 2016 I had a gas leak. I was told a temporary fix would be placed on it and they would be back when the ground was not frozen. I realized in Aug they had not been back and sent an email. The first email did not elicit a response, the second one did. Two days after the second email 3 people called and arranged an appointment the first day I was back in town. A contractor from WGL arrived on time and said he was there to replace the meter. He did not know about the leak. He found it and called in another crew. They worked all afternoon and into the evening. I had to leave at 530 pm and they said just to call to get the pilot relit. I have been trying to do that for over a week. They can only book day of the call and it is an all day appointment. I called in late afternoon for the next day and they booked the same day. They told me this late in the call and I said to cancel and I would call tomorrow.
I called the next day and waited all day and they did not come. They did not book the appointment correctly although they acknowledge the call. They booked that night and never showed. They booked another day and did not show. Now supposedly I am a priority but have been waiting since 7 am and it is almost noon. The call center provides different info, there is no escalation. They do not know where the techs are. The techs do not call you. I understand emergencies happen... Why not call and say they cannot make it? I truly feel I am in a third world country. This is rude. I need a shower and a life. I noticed you ask for order number. It would help if they gave them. There are so many little things they could do to make this experience better. I can only assume they do not care.
I have to use this gas service company when I moved to Washington area. I am feeling extremely uncomfortable with this company. First of all, I have to spend more than 5 calls to setup my account. Then for my first two bills, whatever I tried, the payment could not be processed online till I finally got chance to speak one of the customer officers and I was told the computer system was not working properly. However, I was still charged $20 penalty fee and they claimed that the charge from my bank was returned. When I called to my bank, they told me that they didn't receive potential draft from Washington Gas. Lately, I was charged twice for the same reason. I really want to switch to another Gas company if I have another choice. Also, their customer service officer's attitude is very rude. I complained them and asked the manager to call me. As it was expected, their manager didn't call me within 24 hours, and never.
I have never dealt with a company this awful before. When I started my gas service in May I was told to pay a $45 processing fee and that I wouldn't have to pay a security deposit. Next month I get a bill stating I need to pay $200 plus the monthly bill so I called customer service and they said they would break the deposit into monthly payments. So the next month I open my bill it says "pay $400 deposit" and when I call customer service they rude and they don't help resolve the situation at all. I'm a very dissatisfied customer who is not going to let Washington Gas rip me off!!! #HELP!
I see many reviews of Washington Gas mis-charging, over-charging, and not providing proper customer service for one reason or another, likely due to its monopoly status in this area. And I too have been treated ridiculously in trying to dispute overcharge of almost $1000 to my account. Rather than simply trying to resolve this overage, I am also requesting an in-kind credit to my account for my time and inconvenience, as I would expect for any responsible company with which I do business. I suggest we all add this additional layer to our complaints, which sometimes produces results in other industries. Even they do not oblige, it will be the principle that is demonstrated.
I am writing because I feel that the deposit of $205.00 for being late 2 or 3 times in the past is an unfair practice and abuse of power by one company which is WASHINGTON GAS. Unfortunately for us, this company has a monopoly on gas and we have to put up with their threatening letters of disconnection and collection. We are also aware that these letters are computer generated and if they are, they need to correct the programming of their computers so it does not trigger one of these letters. I have not call Washington Gas but I did send an email for which I did not get a response. I will call tomorrow and see what they say and maybe even demand for interest to be paid monthly on my deposit. I have not done the calculations at this point. I can be certain that it is in the thousands if we combine other customers like us. WE WILL PAY THE BILL, IT HAD TO BE SAID.
Can utility billing get any worse? I don't think so. Their online and paper billing systems have been broken since early 2016. Billed amounts have nothing to do with reality. Payments don't get posted. The only way that anything moves forward is with a complaint with the Public Service Commission, and even then, for every step forward, things move two steps back. In June 2016 they moved their telephone customer service from the Philippines to somewhere in Virginia. Although it is now possible to understand the CSRs, it is still impossible to obtain a correct bill. For decades, the billing systems worked flawlessly. What did Washington Gas do that broke it? This has all the indications of an attempt to outsource information systems programming and operations to India -- and as anyone in I/T can confirm, those attempts often turn into programming disasters.
I called this morning to set up move my services for 7/15 and was told this was not possible because of a balance left by a prior account holder. If I'm transferring my services from a completely different address, it's quite clear I am not the person who left the account in arrears since my current account has been active for several years. The company is complicating my account process due to another customer's actions. They should deal with the old customer directly and not prohibit a good relationship with the new customer.
Also, since I am not in DC at this time, I was told to fax in the information but it would take up to 10 business days to activate the account. This is completely unreasonable for a documentation review. What is even more dissatisfying is if I go in person, it will be handled immediately. This is completely inequitable to customers who are unable to travel to downtown DC, pay high parking costs and spend time getting their account turned on. Also, the office hours are completely inconvenient to any working person (only open 8 am-4pm). It forces the customer to take time off from work to ensure they will have the utility services they need which is completely unacceptable and is NOT customer centered.
Washington Gas' current process inconveniences customers and causes them undue stress. My (probably accurate) assumption is the prior customer is still waiting on their old bill to settle the account. The Washington Gas system is so archaic, it can't electronically send the bill to an account that is closed. I know this because the bill for my old unit has to be mailed to the new unit even though I have an online account. This system is set up for the customer to fail, chase old paper bills in an electronic-centered world and inconvenience everyone but themselves. I will truly take them up on your offer of accessing my gas services through another company because they don't care about the customers they serve.
I have been disputing this bill since its inception. There is a carryover amount that should not have been added to the bill from a previous account which was settled in court. My requirement to pay that amount along with the current payment placed me in a financial hardship that kept building every month as usage continued. Washington Gas eventually disconnected my services even though I have an agreement with the court to pay an additional total of $1300, which in fact, does not add up. I am being essentially penalized because the collection agency, Nationwide Corporation, was not sending Washington Gas my payments until recently, October 2015 even though I have been paying them through an attorney for over 1 year.
Washington Gas reinstated the carryover amount onto my total payment. I am without gas for over a month. Christine **, in collections, promised to get back with me and HAS NOT. You are double billing me because I am required to still pay the courts for a balance that no longer exists, at the same time, the utilities are not on. Please resolve this matter immediately.
I signed for paperless billing. The last bill I received was on 2/18/2016 then did not receive bills for March, April and May then received bill in the Mail on March 9 for 4 months with the warning of disconnecting my service. The same issue happened last year too. When I contacted customer service I was not believed I had not received bills for 3 consecutive months.
Can you give a rating below one star? The only reason this company is still in business is because they have a monopoly in the region. Their computer systems have been down now for six months. No automatic bill pay, no online services, nothing. If you have set up automatic bill pay in the past, they stopped billing it and just let your balance accumulate until they threaten you with collection. The real irony is that while on hold for a half our waiting to talk to representative, the automated recording was telling me of the convenience of their automated bill pay. This is the 21st century. Only a company full of incompetents would take six months to do a computer upgrade during which time they would cut off all their customer's online access. When I finally got to speak to a representative I was told that it would be another month before the online system would back up and running. Of course, that is what the rep said last month as well.
Im a Washington Gas service representative, Im responsible for taking the calls along with a few hundred other people. Ive been with the company just three short months and I see the way they treat their customers, there are a lot of hidden mistakes made that end up costing the customer an arm & a leg. Ive had customers call to inquire about their bills and even when me & the customers have done calculations and see the discrepancy, Im still told by my supervisors and higher ups that they're still responsible for those bills. They've had systems errors since I started working for them and it doesn't seem to get better, it only seems like a tactic to get more customers money.
I had a customer just yesterday, call in to ask why we hadn't been processing his auto pay plan that he had been set up on for the past year. Of course, I had to reiterate the systems errors we've had, or at least that's what Ive been told to say. He then goes on to tell me that there was no notification given to inform him of these changes, instead there was just a lump sum bill accumulating over time. He then told me, he called the customer service number to dispute that bill he got at the end of 6 months charging him over $900. He was set up on a payment plan as a courtesy so that he could pay in installments, only for Washington Gas to still send him to collections for non payment. As you can imagine, he was furious.
He read to me the letter he received from the collection agency and also made it very transparent, the change in his credit score. I informed my supervisor of the problem, and I was told to instruct my customer to THROW AWAY the notification he received from them and to disregard it. I did as I was told, also telling him my own input, which was not to discard it but to go to a walk in office and dispute it. The walk in offices are honestly more helpful than calling in, as rep Im just being honest. Im 21, a college student and Im even disgusted at how the company I work for operates. Its truly sad.
On MANY occasions we have paid our bill online and for some MAGICAL reason the payments are never processed. The only way we find out the bill is due is a guy comes knocking on the door wanting to shut us off. There have been a few garbage companies in my day, but this is a full fledged online payment scam. They are scamming people out of MILLIONS in fees.
I pay the bill, get confirmation, they come to shut us off then guess what it is STILL MY FAULT. So what happens I end up paying a late fee plus fee for services. It's a classic scam. They rely on people not doing anything about it and they are winning that bet so far. I will be contacting the AG office here in good old VA to file an official complaint. I am just one of many military households in the God forsaken state that utterly and truly hate WASHINGTON GAS CO.
On 2nd May, I called WasGas complaining about a very strong odor by my meter that could be smelled over 20 feet. They had me wait for several hours and at 6pm, tech showed, walked thru the house tracking mud, went outside, and 15 min later said he found NO LEAKS. On Friday the 6th, I called the emergency number again. The techs came and found NO SEAL in the main ingress to the meter - blamed the "plumber" for "stealing" gas and claimed "no Washington Gas employee could ever forget to put the washer! Your plumber was stealing gas." Really? Potomac house with neighbors everywhere and my "plumber" who worked in my house for 4 hours stole the seal?? I had no plumber on the Monday I called with the complaint.
After fixing the leak, the tech informs me that ANOTHER team would come sometime today, maybe, to turn the gas back on!! What?? If you are repairing my meter, why does another resource have to drive here to turn the valve on?? No one came. It's been 5 days - they had me waiting until 10pm tonight. I have called every day since Monday, 4 times today. I have no heat and no hot water since Monday. Washington Gas are the thieves - disrespectful individuals out in the field with absolutely no regard for anyone's time or need for timely resolution. It's a shame such an organization exists! Absolute disgrace to the DC metropolitan area.
The worst customer service at Washington Gas. They messed up online payment. System is still not in place since Jan 2016 and they have no patience to talk to customers? What kind of service we get? If there was a thumbs down I would have selected that instead of giving even 1 star.
As CEO and chairman of Washington Gas, you should be very concerned about the lackluster service and unprofessionalism at your company... For months now, I have been trying to set up auto-pay. It still is not working. Every month it is my belief that payment has been made, only to find out later that it was not. Ergo, the expenses accumulate. Last time I had to pay over $500 because of your non-functioning website... Wash Gas is a multi-billion dollar company, yet you seem to be completely unable and uninterested in your constituents.
You are a monopoly and it shows... You prey on the uninformed or those who do not have the stamina constantly having to call your inept customer service division. So, I hereby appeal to you - to take these complaints seriously and to help your customers and constituents dealing with a bureaucracy that is too complicated and frustrating to navigate...
I've lived many places, and this is the worst utility company I've ever been forced to deal with. I would rather spend 5 hours on hold with Horizon Airlines than try to do something simple like 'pay my bill' with these jokers. The website doesn't work. The automated telephone service is archaic, and paying over the phone takes a solid 10 minutes (not to mention they make you enter your credit card info before telling you how much your bill is). Want to get someone on the phone instead? When you find the secret combination of numbers that navigates you to an actual person, please let me know. It's Nasty TAKING ADVANTAGE of absence of competitor gas companies in the area! But Washington Gas does it!!!
Companies like this are why competition is important. I wish I could do something more than just write a review, but I have no other option for gas service in this area. So, alas, they have no reason to improve. The site always times out when you try to log in. There is nothing on the homepage indicating that there is a problem. I have called twice. Both times the representative was helpful, but completely unaware of the web problem. Both times I waited 20 minutes before getting an answer. It is also curious that WGL hasn't taken a moment to reply to ANY of these complaints on this site. Where is their PR dept (or their customer service department, for that matter)?
I have been w/ Washington Gas for over 15 years and when I moved from Herndon, Va. to Chantilly, Va. in 2008 I had no problem disconnecting and reconnecting my gas. However, since November of 2014 my bill has been consistently incorrect and my gas has been disconnected twice now due to their incompetence. In November, 2015, I received my first incorrect bill of over $3k and called them immediately and was told it was a mistake and that it would be corrected the following month and do not pay. That has never happened and continues to this day.
I have spoken to customer reps., supervisors and a manager w/o success. I am now being told that I owe them over $4k. BTW, I started receiving zero meter readings at the same time and not until I brought it to their attention did they come out and replace the meter. It still did not help. I am now being told after a year and a half, that I owe them this amount because I was incorrectly billed all those months when they were receiving zero meter readings (I was paying the monthly usage charge all this time). I am at my wits' end with these people who cannot speak English let alone resolve ongoing issues. UGH!!!
My wife and I are relocating to Maryland from out of state to take new jobs, so we got a rental lined up. Part of the lease agreement is that I have to provide the rental company with my Washington Gas account number. Not having one yet, I called to try and set it up, and they said their "system" wasn't allowing them to do it by phone, I have to either fax documents including ID and a copy of the lease and wait 10-14 days for them to set the account up or I have to make a 3 hour round trip to one of their offices in the middle of the workday (a NORMAL workday, not their "10 to 4" workday) with the documents to set it up in person.
I'm not particularly enthusiastic about this, either, because if I get down there and find out they fed me a line of baloney or don't like one or more of the documents I bring (even though I've supposedly confirmed what is acceptable) I'm another three hour round trip away from going to get whatever I need so I'm going to basically have wasted the whole afternoon. I can't even imagine what horrors await me as an actual customer considering what a ridiculous pain it is to even become one.
Is there any way that a homeowner in DC can dump Washington Gas? I have paid my bill online for years. But for 3 or 4 months now, when I have tried to pay my bill online, I get a message each time that the website is being changed and to "bear with us". Today I tried once again. When I tried to sign in I was instructed to click on "forgot my password" and I would be sent a temporary password and then to create a new one. I did that, but when I tried to sign in, the message was that they had no record of my email. So, I tried to create a new account, but couldn't do that because my email was already taken!!!
So, once again, I tried to pay as a "guest", but guess what - after entering all the information about myself, my account and my checking account info, the website said, "we can't process your request at this time." I was so angry, I called to pay online. A very nice young woman took my information and among them, asked for my telephone number. She then said, "that isn't the number we have on file." I have had this same telephone number for 30 years, and had never heard of the number they have on file. I can understand the need to update websites. But, how long can it take? And, how can a company continue to do business with such ongoing incompetence? It must be that I only have one choice for a company to use. Washington Gas, if you read this (which you probably won't) PLEASE fix your website!!!
I recently sold and then bought a new house in DC. I had to call 3 times to get the service disconnected on the house I sold, but it did finally get disconnected (after I received a HEFTY bill that was about $50.00 over my normal monthly bill; I was not past due on any payments). I just tried setting up new service at the new house.
The first customer service representative could not understand my name (my name is Kris... It's not like it's uncommon) and she couldn't find me, so she said they would have to run a credit report. I asked her why since I've been a customer for over 3 years and she said "it's our policy", which I know is just wrong because they didn't run a credit report when I initiated service over 3 years ago. She then put me on hold, and after 5 minutes of being on hold, I hung up. I called back and got a different customer service representative and voila, the account was set up in under 5 minutes and guess what? NO CREDIT CHECK. This company is shoddy and they have some terrible customer service people.
I have had Washington since I moved to VA in 2004, and having lived in two different places, there were always minor issues with the company's billing system, such as surcharges that did not make any sense. But nothing prepared me for the first surprise I had a year ago when I moved back to my old apartment in Centreville, and tried to re-activate my account. Since I was out of the apartment for almost two years (I was overseas and the apartment occupied by tenants, so gas was still serviced), they required a security deposit of over 200 dollars. I was obviously not thrilled with this nonsense - since I had been a customer for at least 8 years, the company should know that I have had no issue with my payments.
A few months ago, I sold my old apartment and moved to a new place in Arlington, and requested a SERVICE TRANSFER from my old place to the new one. Everything seemed to work just fine until I receive a bill for $361 of which $261 INITIATION FEE. When I called and tried to get someone to explain why I should pay initiation fee for a service that is transferred, they called the initiation fee a security deposit based on my credit history. I tried to explain that I have always paid my bills on time and in full and should not be treated in this manner, and in response they suggested I sign up for automatic withdrawal to get initiation fee waived. At this point I looked at the phone to see if it was smiling or winking or something, because I truly thought it was a joke. So if I do not agree to pay a fee, you want me to sign up for automatic withdrawal so you can get your fee without requesting from me?!
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