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Old 12-05-2009, 12:39 PM   #31
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Need a programmable thermostat. LUX or Honeywell.


I used to have a Lux TX1500 thermostat until a few days ago. I walked over to it to adjust it, and when my hand got about 3 inches away from it a big spark flew from my hand to the thermostat. The screen on the stat went dead and there was no resetting it. Burial services were completed immediately.
Since I don't know squat about electricity, I called H & C (not the real name) and they came out and told me what I already knew. He said they have two different thermostats they sell, which were White and Rogers programmable and non-programmable. He said that the non-programmable one was $159.95, and I stopped him right there. I told him that I would go buy my own, so I took 5 minutes and went down the street and bought the Honeywell 5+1+1 RTH6400 Programmable for $60. I was very upset just thinking about what they were trying to do to me. Anyway, I handed him my new Honeywell and he installed it in about 5 minutes. I found out that on my system the red wire was the one to be afraid of. Since then my house seems much more comfortable with hardly any temperature change. I am very happy with the Honeywell, and I'll be sure not to touch it again without touching something else first to take the static out of me. The lesson learned is, if your thermostat shocks you and it dies, don't let the repairman shock you with the price of a new one from his truck!

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Old 12-05-2009, 03:35 PM   #32
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So what did he charge to install it./Or what was his total bill. that you paid.
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Old 12-05-2009, 05:16 PM   #33
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I wonder how much they charge you at the restaurant if you bring your own pizza for them to cook? We still charge the $95 callout and a flatrate that would be used to change a warranty part and give NO warranty and I would charge for waiting time.
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:08 PM   #34
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Yeah. Often with the service charge, its still cheaper to have us install our thermostat. And get the 5 year warranty.
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:13 PM   #35
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We're time and material. Twenty bucks for the call and $84 an hour with a half hour minimum, one hour minimum for overtime calls at time and a half. Like yuri said no warranty on a homeowner supplied thermostat so if it fails you get to pay labor again or read the directions and install it yourself. Flat rate guys have labor priced into the part instead of seperate parts and labor charges.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:40 PM   #36
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I am using TX9100E because it has good features than the other. It offers a programmable keypad lock and temporary temperature override . It is also compatible with more people's homes.

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Old 12-06-2009, 08:22 AM   #37
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So what did he charge to install it./Or what was his total bill. that you paid.
He ended up just charging me for a $60 service call.
I understand companies need to make a profit, but not 800% on one little item.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:33 AM   #38
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That wasn't an 800% mark up. Let alone profit.

You traded a better warranty for a cheaper programmable thermostat.
Box stores make more money per thermostat then we do. And have a shorter part warranty.

You happy, so enjoy.

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