AG Gansler Sues Appliance Repair Company
Anne Arundel business allegedly took thousands of dollars from consumers for unperformed or unnecessary repairs
Company also wasn’t licensed for HVAC service it performed
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 6, 2013) - Attorney Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has filed suit against David Lee Mansel, Jr., trading as Maryland Appliance Repair Co., and In Home Appliance Repair, for allegedly taking thousands of dollars from Maryland consumers without performing the promised appliance repair services, selling unnecessary repair services and parts, and misrepresenting to consumers that he was licensed to perform HVAC services.
The charges filed by the Division accuse Mansel, a Pasadena resident, of collecting deposits from consumers for appliance repair parts and services his company failed to perform and for repairs that were not needed. The charges further allege that Mansel failed to obtain the license required to perform HVAC services under Maryland law.
The Division is seeking both an injunction that will prevent Mansel from further violating Maryland law and an order requiring that he return all monies collected from consumers for unperformed or unwarranted repairs, and for any unlicensed HVAC services that he sold or performed. The Division is also seeking civil penalties and the costs of its investigation.
A hearing is scheduled before the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings on December 10. Consumers with complaints against Mansel, Maryland Appliance Repair Co., or In Home Appliance Repair may call the Consumer Protection Division at 410-576-6569 or write to 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Attorney General Gansler urges consumers to contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to check the license status of their contractors before hiring them.