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Old 06-26-2012, 04:50 PM   #1
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Anyone out there try adding this trade to your menu ? I just fixed a dryer, by replacing a thermal fuse. $11.00 part.

Seems like most appliances are too cheap to replace now.
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #2
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Requires a separate license in these parts.
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Requires a separate license in these parts.

You get many requests ? I only get a handfull a year, but always refer to a local place. I don't think you need a separate license here.
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You get many requests ? I only get a handfull a year, but always refer to a local place. I don't think you need a separate license here.
Very rare, they usually replace out here with new.
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We did TV repair before flat screens took over had several motels as clients.if I were doing appliance repair still I would look at them for steady business most have several washers and dryers and want them to last forever
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Anyone out there try adding this trade to your menu ? I just fixed a dryer, by replacing a thermal fuse. $11.00 part.

Seems like most appliances are too cheap to replace now.
At work I just recommend a local repair shop as I don't have the knowledge to repair them except basic. Now if its my own/families/close friends I will make the repair but that's it. I find it a good learning experience when I have to do them. Done a couple washers and dryers and for the most part its just a small part that costs under $50 so it's well worth it and I get a case of beer and dinner which makes it worth while.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:34 PM   #7
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I did it as a maintenance man, and do it now for people I know. It's almost a trade by itself. Advertising it as a service would mean you would need a pretty good-sized stock of parts for a lot of different brands.

Even though the parts are cheap, it's often time consuming to get to them. Given that and how disposable appliances are, it seems like it'd be a tough money-maker.

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Ill do it for friends and family. Ive fixed fridges, ovens, ac condensors, window units, blenders, microwaves...
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I tell people to replace rather than repair.. fix it once you are even.. fix it twice and you are in the red compared to a new machine and what you already put into it..
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I tell people to replace rather than repair.. fix it once you are even.. fix it twice and you are in the red compared to a new machine and what you already put into it..
It depends though, on my fridge, the little fan that blows the cold air to the upper compartment went bad early, i ordered a new one and its been working fine for about three years now.. it was a 50 dollar part and the fridge cost about 1400..
My oven's thermostat went too, i replaced that for 90 bucks. Only this time when something else breaks on it, im gonna tell my wife, its done......so i can get a new range, a real one...
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It depends though, on my fridge, the little fan that blows the cold air to the upper compartment went bad early, i ordered a new one and its been working fine for about three years now.. it was a 50 dollar part and the fridge cost about 1400..
My oven's thermostat went too, i replaced that for 90 bucks. Only this time when something else breaks on it, im gonna tell my wife, its done......so i can get a new range, a real one...
I'm talking about doing it for a customer.. service call.. truck charge.. parts bill.. parts guarantee.. what do all those items add up to on say a (3) hour call.. round trip..
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Last time I fixed a appliance it was the terminal block on a clothes dryer, removed and installed wirenuts. The call was over the dryer not working, electrically the line checked out fine. It's nice leaving the customer with a happy face.
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If you call the DA's office number the end of his message is; "We don't repair TV's." This cracked me up, I have never been asked to repair a TV but I guess if you live in NC and your box craps out, call the electrician.
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Last time I fixed a appliance it was the terminal block on a clothes dryer, removed and installed wirenuts. The call was over the dryer not working, electrically the line checked out fine. It's nice leaving the customer with a happy face.
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If you call the DA's office number the end of his message is; "We don't repair TV's." This cracked me up, I have never been asked to repair a TV but I guess if you live in NC and your box craps out, call the electrician.
I don't get it, how did NC get into a post from someone in FL?
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So my question is and not to start a heated debate but would you guys consider repairing a common appliance for a friend side work?
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I'm talking about doing it for a customer.. service call.. truck charge.. parts bill.. parts guarantee.. what do all those items add up to on say a (3) hour call.. round trip..
I figured thats what you meant.. I personally wouldnt want to do it for customers. I mainly do it as a hobby.. If i cant fix it its no big whoop..
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Ive repaired a few apppliances, I charge just like I would regular service work, and NC doesnt require a license for appliance repairs. Its a good thing to be able to do, but too much stuff is easier to replace than repair, so this is really only something that comes around occasionally.
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