On 7 Oct 2006 06:04:27 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you have an Angie's list operating in your area it a great way to
find reputable local service people of alll types.
There's a small fee to join, but it's been worth it for me.
I fix it myself if I possibly can. I use Usenet and the web for my clues.
I dread calling in people....
I now have a washing machine problem that I will probably post about
tomorrow as a case in point.....
I had a bad experience with general electric service company. My
dryer stopped working while I was away and I told my wife just to call
someone. A repair man came and determined that I had blown a fuse to
the dryer. He charged $30.00 for the call (I have no problem with this
part of the charge) and $60.00 more for the labor. It seems absurdly
overpriced to me to charge $60.00 just stick a multimeter into an
electrical outlet. He did not diagnose the fuse circuit to the dryer
or replace the fuse.
I would not call any of the major repair companies. I would try
to diagnose and/or fix the problem first myself. If I could not fix
it, I probably would just replace the appliance. It seems to me that
even a minor repair would cost over $100.00 for most items. If an
appliance is over 6 or 7 years old as mine are, I would rather just
replace it than spend 25% to 40% or its replacement costs to repair it.
$30 for the drive over (pretty low) and a one hour minimum seem to
be fairly standard.
I agree here. Most of the time they're just about at the end of
their useful life when they first fail anyway. I had a drier eat a
belt recently. I ordered the parts over the Internet and had it
working the next weekend for $15 or so. If I failed at the repair
attempt (never done it before) I would have just bought a new
drier. Same with the dishwasher. I didn't even attempt to repair
it. We were putting in a new floor and didn't want it to leak
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