I need to install a $25.00 maintenance kit on a gas dryer. Just a couple of
1. Any idea what an appliance repair place would charge in your area for
2. More importantly, but related to #1. How do you personally decide
whether to fix something yourself, or have somebody else do it. I
personally call it the 'Aggravation Factor'. If it's too much of a pain in
the arse for not a huge amount of money, then I would hire someone.
Otherwise, I do it myself...sometimes just to learn something. I am just
curious how you make your own determination.
Thank you for your time.
I don't like to have any strangers on my place unless absolutely
necessary so I try to do everything myself. The contractor is always a
nice guy but the employess can be scary.
this leaves a lot unfininshed but it doesn't bother me. I can handle
carpentry, plumbing and electrical around here with no help. I like
the confidence that comes with being familiar with everything
personally and don't have to have any ex-cons on the property.
I have most mechanical done in town since I can drive it there but have
decided it's easy enough for me to change the oil. Some specialties
almost require a specialized contractor like drilling a well or
bulldozing a driveway.
Whirlpool produces a kit of parts that they call a maintenance kit,
which is for their basic dryer design. It includes a belt, idler
pulley and--iirc--two rollers. My question for you is, why do you feel
that you need to do this? The belt doesn't need to be replaced unless
it is extremely cracked, and even then you can wait until it breaks.
The idler almost never needs to be replaced unless it makes noise. And
same for the rollers. Why not let yourself off the hook and just
forget the whole thing?
Most charge from $50 to $100 just to knock on your door, then add $75 an
hour for labor.
Some things I do, others I'm willing to pay to have done. Cleaning the oil
burner, for instance. I did it once and I'm willing to pay. I no longer
change my own oil in the car finding it much easier to sit back and read the
newspaper while a local garage does it for $25. I'm willing to tackle most
any repair though, if I have the tools and knowledge to do it.
I also look at the cost of repair versus replacement. I'm not going to spend
$50 for parts to fix a microwave that can be had new for $75. Or to put
$120 into a washing machine that is 20+ years old and will probably need
more parts in another month or so; but I would put that $120 into a five or
ten year old one. .
Age is a factor. 20 years ago, I picked up a dishwasher, brought it home and
installed it where the old one was. Two years ago, I paid $60 to have it
delivered, hooked up, the old one carted away. What changed? I'm 20 years
older and I now make more money (adjusted for inflation) so I'm willing to
have others do the heavy work. OTOH, this past summer I built a small wall
in the front of the house for $400 in material. It would have been over
$1000 to have it done.
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