This company has been very unpleasant. We signed up for oil and then agreed to their service plan. Our oil furnace was not working. They sent someone out to fix it. Someone showed up early in the morning. He knocked and then left without even giving me a chance to get to the door. I went to both doors of the house looking for this person. I could see the truck parked on the street so I got my shoes to go outside and look for the person. Just as I opened the door to go out, I could hear the truck drive off. I immediately called the Shipley company and said their truck had just driven off without waiting even 2 minutes for me to get to the door. They said they would send the person back. Nobody came back so I called again and they said he would come back some time today. By the way, every person I talked to on the phone was extremely rude in their tone. I got a lot of comments like, "Well, ma'am, this is a very busy time of year for us so we are booked up for more than a month." Well, don't sell me your 'service' plan if you are unable to give me any service! Are we supposed to go a month without heat?! By the way, you are never allowed to speak with the department of the company in question. You always speak with someone in customer service who will pass the information on to the people who can actually do anything. They always promise to do things but nothing ever happens. We were promised that someone would come to our house again that day. Nobody ever showed up or called us to explain why no one showed up or to reschedule. When I called to cancel the service plan because no one showed up, we were promised that that information would be passed on to accounting. We have yet to see a Shipley service person but Shipley has been billing us for a service plan every single month.
On the day someone was supposed to come out to fix our furnace, I waited from early in the morning until 2 in the afternoon for Shipley. I had a dentist appointment in the afternoon so I called my fiance and told him that someone needed to be home so we didn't miss the Shipley people. He took personal time off from work (half day) and drove home to be there before I had to leave for the dentist so that we would not miss Shipley when they came out. Shipley never showed up. We went a very cold weekend without heat.
We called a different company to come out. That company actually showed up when they said they would and replaced a minor part on our oil intake system. And it was much cheaper than what Shipley's service plan was going to cost us. I called Shipley to cancel our service contract since they never even showed up at our house. Again, the people were rude. The young and impertinent (probably 20's) girl that I spoke with that time said she "would let them know" we wanted the service plan canceled. She never apologized for their service person knocking and leaving quickly or for them no-showing later that day even though we waited all day and took personal time from work because they promised to come to our house.
TWO MONTHS LATER, we are still getting a bill for the service plan and even with a late fee ("finance fee") tacked on to it. Not only did no one show up to fix our furnace, we never even got a call from them to reschedule or to explain why nobody came out, but they did send us a bill. Shipley's service department doesn't do their job but their billing department sure does. I called again to explain that they never showed up at our house after we waited all day and my fiance took a half day off from work. Again, no apology but plenty of surly attitude from the employee I spoke with (this time an older woman). Again, a promise that she "will let them know" to cancel the service plan. We'll see if they actually cancel it this time. Now I understand why one of my neighbors said Shipley was awful and that they don't use them.