Air con proves costly


Mr Vassallo with one of the many holes that have appeared in the silver tubing.        Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery
Mr Vassallo with one of the many holes that have appeared in the silver tubing.        Picture: Gabrielle Jeffery

The company’s director, Maxwell Raymond Healy was recently prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences his company committed for home building work at properties in Baldivis, St James, Sawyers Valley and Hamersley.

His company Solar H C Pty Ltd is also in liquidation.

On February 17, the Perth Magistrates Court found Healy guilty of 12 charges under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991.

He was ordered to pay fines of $3000, compensation of $6177 to the owner of the St James property, $7560 in compensation to the owner of the Hamersley property and costs of $5000.

It was found between November 2013 and May 2014, the company had failed to ensure the home building work contracts for all four sites were in writing, with details of date and terms of agreement and was signed by both parties.

The company also failed to give the owners the prescribed notice required under the Act, nor was it in any of the contracts for him to receive a deposit in excess of 6.5 per cent of the total value of work. Instead a deposit of 50 per cent of the total value of work was demanded for all four sites.

The value of the home building work contracts ranged between $14,200 and $15,600.

Two of the four owners received no airconditioning or ducting from the company.

Baldivis resident David Vassallo said the work that began in 2013 was never completed.

“The first system we went for needed three-phase power, which we don’t have and it is expensive and a lot of work to get done,” he said.

“So we went for a smaller unit and once it was put in there were problems straight away.

“There was a valve stuck open so the system continually filled with water and flooded everywhere.

“I ended up turning it off manually.

“The vents aren’t flush with the ceiling and the silver tubing connecting each duct is coming apart, so the airconditioner is blowing out into the roof.”

Mr Vassallo said he had paid the company $1400 for the system.

In July 2014, Consumer Protection warned consumers to be wary of any dealings with Affordable Home Comfort following a spike in complaints.