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Old 11-18-2007, 10:13 AM   #1
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Folks - I would appreicate any feedback or input. I am not an electrician nor will I claim to be. With that said, I am astonished at what my wife just paid someone to come out and replace a fuse on my JennAir Microwave.

No display was found after diagnosing the appliance. They found a bad operating fuse. Replaced fuse, tested it for functionality and re-installed it into our kitchen cabinet. (note: the microwave is flush and fit exactly for the cabinetry).

With that said, I know two things:
1) The service fee to come on-site is $75
2) A 20 AMP fuse for a microwave is never more than $2-5.

My total bill with taxes was $193.00.

Does this sound like absolutely highway robbery to you? I would love to hear your opinion.

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Old 11-18-2007, 10:28 AM   #2
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$75 to crank truck, $100 for work performed, $25 for fuse part...Sounds like you got the discount rate to me.

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Old 11-18-2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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Most companies will charge you a service call, one hour minimum and whatever parts are needed.. If thats their rate then it aint too high..

I have a Jennair downdraft range and had one board replaced on it [less than two years old] under warranty and they said it would have been three hundred bucks otherwise.

They also said that after Jennair was bought by Maytag that its hard to find techs to work on the Jennair product line.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:44 AM   #4
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You don't show a location in your profile so it is hard to say what a going rate would be, but........For someone to come to your house and do this I'd say you did OK.
Why couldn't you just bring it in? Was it permanently mounted? Or just on a shelf?
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:56 AM   #5
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$75 to crank truck, $100 for work performed, $25 for fuse part
I don't disagree at all with Andy. And even though the fuse may only cost a dollar or so, it is not uncommon for the service company to charge a premium cost. I had a thermopile go bad a few years ago in a 1 yr. old furnace on a Saturday morning. I identified the bad part and found it online for ~$40. I called the company that did the original installation (this was a new condo) to see if I could buy one from them. The woman told me that they did not sell parts at their office but they would send out a service truck from which I could buy the part for $190! On the other hand, the woman was nice enough to direct me to an appliance repair shop that sold to the public and was open on Saturdays. Two hours later, we had heat again.

The real quesion is why did the fuse clear in the first place? Fuses are typically a symptom of a problem but rarely are the cause.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:31 PM   #6
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What do you do for a living?

How much does your company charge for their services?

It cost me 87 dollars to fill up my truck this morning.

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Dont forget 18K a MONTH for yellow pages...
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Dont forget 18K a MONTH for yellow pages...
Which is why I DON'T have a Yellow Pages ad!

$18K/mo!!!! Are you serious????
That's almost a quarter million a year on just that one part of overhead.
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Its a big company....

They just dont give it to me....
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$75 to crank truck, $100 for work performed, $25 for fuse part...Sounds like you got the discount rate to me.
Maybe more like $75 to show up, $20 to perform the work, $85 for knowing what work to perform, $13 for the fuse.
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Ya suppose that guy was hoping we would say he got gipped? This is a DIY site but even DIYers know EVERYONE has to make a living...
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:03 PM   #12
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Andy - yes I understand that everyone in business has respectable net income as one of their goals. All I wanted was an opinion, if it was a good or bad deal. It felt high. Now I know. Feel free to direct your questions or comments directly to me, next time.

All - thank you for your help and advice.
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No offense meant.
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This reminds me of a story. Guy has a car that's running all ragged. Takes it in to the mechanic. Mechanic opens up the hood and turns a screw one quarter turn and the engine purrs like a kitten. "$55", says the mechanic.
"That's silly! How can you justify $55 to turn a screw?!"
"Well, it's $5 to turn the screw and $50 for knowing which one to turn."

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