KB Homes Air Conditioning Problems
Disclaimer: None of the below information is to be construed as legal advice.
Per a recent report dated Sept 30, 2013 Karins Engineering found that KB Home had installed undersized Air Handlers and Heat Pumps throughout Willowbrook. Karins states that the installed systems “are undersized and do not meet the design specifications”. Units were inspected from three different construction phases and found to be undersized. Karins report states: “The improper size of the installed A/C unit may be a major contributing factor of the premature failure of the units and the high humidity readings in the units.” and the report goes on to state that that their recommendation is to install A/C systems of the proper sizes according to the design drawings and that new systems will require modifications to the wiring, duct connections and refrigerant line sets. Additional demolition and related items will be involved. Having undersized air conditioner components can decrease the life of your unit and increase your electric bills.
After this information is made available to all the homeowners we will need to likely find a way to take action against KB Home. Since undersized units were installed throughout the various different phases this would indicate that these smaller units were not installed by accident.
DO NOT FALL FOR SOME KB HOME PRO-RATED BS!
Folks, you will have to disclose that you’re aware of A/C unit issues with your homes when you sell them and if they fail the costs could be crazy expensive and intrusive since demolition appears that it could be required. Do not fall for this suggestion, demand that they fix your units while they are being repaired and demand relocation. It inhumane to live in Florida without Air Conditioning.
From our research online, the typical Air Conditioner in ones home should last 15-20 years, but many homeowners that I have spoken to have their units failing after being just a few years old.
Information pertaining to everyone!
If you or your neighbors are having or had serious issues with your Air Conditioners failing, please provide us with the information below:
- When was your house built?
- What is the Square Footage of your home?
- Have you experienced issues with your unit?
- Do you have water intrusion issues? (E.g. Leaking windows, Stucco Problems, etc.)
- What is the name of your community and where is your home located?
- Do you suspect that your neighbors have the same issues?
We would like to collect this information to see if there is a pattern of wrong doing. If we find wrong doing, we might be able to ban together to file a class action lawsuit against KB Home or even see if we can push to have KB Home brought up on RICO charges for a pattern of Fraud.
Again, I am not an attorney and none of the information on this page should be considered legal advice.
KB Homes Cara Kane provided the below letter from Del-Air stating that Karins Engineering is totally wrong. This letter was provided shortly before a news broadcast took place to stop it from airing and so far their attempt has been successful.
My questions are as follows:
- If the A/C systems in Willowbrook are the proper size and things were done correctly, why is KB Home suing 3 different air conditioning companies?
- Are the systems that are rusting out and failing quickly doing so because of the water intrusion? Is KB Home not responsible for the band-aid repairs and warranty avoidance that allowed the damage to escalate and cause damage to our A/C systems?
- Is there any type of mold remediation that needs to take place on our A/C system?
In our opinion, something doesn’t seem right and KB Home appears to be responsible. We have spoken with several different homeowners over the last few days and they are reporting that their communities experienced such failures. If you had issues with your A/C system failing prematurely and you were told that it is undersized or failed due to the high humidity please keep us posted. We need to get some answers.
KB Home Vs. Air Advantage Heating & Cooling
Read Pages 23 – 30
KB Home is alleging that the products should be built to the specifications and that all applicable building codes and good construction practices should be followed and specifically cite Karins turn over report and their own investigation as justification for the claims.
Further, KB Home states that the materials and workmanship should be of the finest quality, free of faults and defects and the most suitable grade and respective kind for their intended purposes. Again they allege that the finished product would be suitable for intended use and say that Air Advantage would not cover over and shoddy, incomplete, inadequate, nonconforming or otherwise inferior work. They claim that the homes were constructed and sold with the alleged defects. They then cite Florida Statue 553.84 which reads:
Statutory civil action.–Notwithstanding any other remedies available, any person or party, in an individual capacity or on behalf of a class of persons or parties, damaged as a result of a violation of this part or the State Minimum Building Codes, has a cause of action in any court of competent jurisdiction against the person or party who committed the violation.
KB Home then claims that it has and continues to repair the project and by repairing the Project KB Home has entirely resolved the property claim of the association and each individual unit owner for whom repair work has been completed.
We were under the impression that the A/C unit issues were outside of the scope of the Willowbrook repair project. Based on these claims it appears that KB Homes should be fixing our A/C systems and we are releasing them once the project is completed. It was my understanding that our agreement only released them of the repairs to the outside of the building and didn’t release them of any personal claims. KB Home can’t have their cake and eat it too.
Next, if KB Home is claiming that the issues with premature failures and rust are not due to the systems running harder, though their lawsuit appears to alledge that the systems were not installed to code or the design specifications. Is this not what Karins Engineering said? Further, if this is their claim then they need to explain the rust and mold in some of our units and the premature failures. Was it not KB Home who did the band-aid repairs and tried to dodge honoring their warranty? How much damage was done to our health and our units and do you think KB Home has been neglient?
Is this fraud?