Does anyone have recommendations of good people for appliance repair? Currently, my issue is with a dishwasher that's not working. Seems like a lot of places want $60-$90 just to show up and take a look which seems kind of ridiculous. Is that typical?
I am in the appliance business and I can tell you that $60 -$80 is reasonable. Most people forget that appliance repair is a career with continuous training for all the new stuff that continues to come out.
In the appliance industry we are not gonna just come to a home and go through all the diagnostics and take the entire machine apart just to get zero dollars. We need to be compensated for what we do and also compensated as a professional.
With that said, I would recommend contacting the manufacturer of your appliance and have them send out a certified technician for that particular appliance. Yes you can find cheap technicians but you will get ripped off. These guys will charge $20 to show up but will over charge you at the end and you'll really regret it.
Hope this helps,
That sounds about right... Then its 250 for parts and labor... And the part is out 3 weeks...... I use sears outlet and replace vs. repair.
Appliance repair can really cut into a landlords cash flow. In that case I would probably expect at least $150 for the repair unless its super easy. I've heard good things about Lampe Appliance but have never used them personally. Generally I've found that if you find one reputable company and continue to use them they'll be more prone to wave some of those show up fees.
As far as new appliances are concerned, I've been using Lowes. Not sure what they charge to install a new dishwasher but they install Fridge and stove's for free. There 4th of July and and Black Friday sales are the best most rock bottom prices I have seen in our market. You can usually pick up a quality Whirlpool in white for $249 and stainless for $299. Sign up for their pro card and get an additional discount. It might be a good idea to pick up a few of these (depending on how many units you have) and keep them in stock and have yourself or your handyman throw them in as needed. That way your not just sinking a bunch of money into something that might be close to the end of its life span anyways.
I had my fridge and washer go out at the same time at my personal house and used Brandis Appliance Repair. I originally called Home Appliance Center, but they don't work on GE appliances, and they gave Brandis as a reference.
That's the way it works.
My guy is awesome and charges 65 to come out. Then he will diagnose it and help me do a cost/benefit analysis of repair vs replace.
This is good to know, Thanks all for sharing! I have been lucky finding appliances at the discount/scratch and dent places. I've done craigslist, but since you can't really test out a new dishwasher in the back of a pick-up I guess I'd caution that move (Been there, done that) =)
Id be very cautious about buying appliances from Craigslist. Oh how I can tell you horror stories!
who repairs these things these days? crazy.... just buy a new dishwasher, I picked up 2 today, 230 out the door each.
they are disposable items these days that last 5 yrs tops.
Thanks for the advice guys! I ended up buying a new one. Seems a shame since the existing one was only 2 years old, but decided it was simpler and probably not much more expensive since dishwashers don't cost that much.
I think $60 is reasonable for a service call fee, as this not only includes diagnosis, but also shopping for the parts, buying them, coming back a few days later to finish the job, etc.
Some places charge less for the service call, but end up taking a 50% mark up on all materials so you end up paying more.
When dealing with landlords, when not an emergency and they give me regular business, I often end up just charging the time spend in their buildings at a flat hourly rate plus the parts at list price. Most of these customers let me know in advance the model and the symptom so I have a few days to get the parts and schedule the repair between my other jobs.
When it's laundromats or senior housing places, where everything has to be fixed the day they call, I always charge a minimum no matter how long the repair takes because I have to make last minute changes to my schedule to accomodate their needs. Most of them don't care about the additional cost and are just glad everything is back to normal.
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