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JDP
09-03-2008, 12:36 PM
My York home AC units condenser fan motor started screaming so I went online to search out the correct part. With the part number in hand, I stated calling the local parts places with the same result "wholesale only" One place offered to sell the motor for $295 and $125 service call. I don't mind trying to help a local business, but decided the $100 price online was a better choice. I would have paid maybe $50 or more just to avoid waiting a day, but 3 times the money and they still would not sell it to me ?

JDP/Maryland
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showbizkid
09-03-2008, 05:10 PM
You're probably the rare customer who wants to install his own parts, but still - as the wise man once said, "something is better than nothing." I'd rather have the money for the part and lose the labor than get nothing at all. Shows how some companies cut off their noses to spite their face.


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bams50
09-03-2008, 05:37 PM
I've said before, I no longer buy much of anything anymore without checking online first, starting with eBay. The price difference can be HUGE.

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

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N8N
09-03-2008, 06:20 PM
I had the same experience with Trible's earlier this year, needed some circuit boards for two appliances that got damaged by a power surge. I'd tried to call two stores but at both of them their computer systems were down. I shot off an email to them through their web site with exact specs of what I needed and got a terse response literally a week later "we don't carry that" from someone who clearly had only skimmed my email (they told me they didn't carry parts for "company X" when that was the manufacturer of the circuit board that I needed, not the appliance)

In the meantime I'd already ordered the parts online and they arrived maybe a day or two after the email response. I usually try Trible's first but geez... they're TRYING to lose my business.

As an aside, Dominion Power really didn't give me the warm fuzzies with that experience; I'm glad that I repaired the stuff myself rather than having repairmen handle it, otherwise I would have been hurting. Their response to an inquiry about a claim was basically "we investigated what happened, a tree fell on a high voltage power line and shorted it to a low voltage line, well, that's not really our fault so we absolve ourselves of all responsibility. You do have insurance, right?" Well, yeah, I do, but deductibles are still expensive... and don't they inspect their lines and clear trees, etc.?

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65cruiser
09-08-2008, 10:42 AM
A few months ago, the dryer motor failed on my 20 year old Maytag dryer. Now, I really hate the thought of making that Maytag repair guy even more lonely[^] but figured this was really something I could fix myself. I called my local Handyman appliance parts depot and found the motor was $158.00. Checked on Ebay and found the same motor, Buy It Now for $49.00. Hit the Buy It Now, and had it in hand in 2 days. It's perfect.

Anymore, online is the only way to fly, particularly if you can fix the item yourself.

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8E45E
09-08-2008, 01:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by 65cruiser

A few months ago, the dryer motor failed on my 20 year old Maytag dryer. Now, I really hate the thought of making that Maytag repair guy even more lonely[^] but figured this was really something I could fix myself. I called my local Handyman appliance parts depot and found the motor was $158.00. Checked on Ebay and found the same motor, Buy It Now for $49.00. Hit the Buy It Now, and had it in hand in 2 days. It's perfect.




There are a few things that have running changes or 'different' parts inside for the sake of being different. A perfect example is Moen faucets. I work at a plumbing store on Saturdays that specializes in repair parts for all the major US and European brand faucets and fixtures, and when a phone inquiry comes in, we ALWAYS tell the customer to bring in the part if he can. Its the best identifier there is. And believe it or not, Home Depot is our 'best' customer. They don't have, or care to have the staff necessary with the knowledge for individual repair parts, so they simply send them to us!

Craig

torker
09-10-2008, 10:12 PM
JDP, I hate to be a stickkaller for acracy, but "Mortor" is supposed to be spelled "Mortar". Bless You, though. Having been an HVAC tech at one point, I can tell you that the trade tries hard to protect their own, by making access to affordable replacement parts difficult. DYI's are not always welcome. If you don't have an account at a major supply house, you may not be able to purchase parts at any price. York brand is especially noted for this....they protect their dealers who do lucrative service work. But, there are always some HVAC supply businesses that will accomodate the general public. Johnstone Supply is one of them, last I knew.... I don't know if they are in your particular area...but there is bound to be someone. Good Luck

JDP
09-10-2008, 10:29 PM
OK, Mortar. :) BTW, drove myself crazy fixing the AC. After installing the motor, the unit would not come on. Checked my wiring a dozen times and gave up and just put it back together. Just as I was about to call the service guy, the darn thing came on. Turns out the box installed by the electric company decided to do it's peak power saving cut out while I was doing my repair.:)

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Roscomacaw
09-10-2008, 11:06 PM
LOL! That's funny!

Just a month ago, our 5-year old unit died. I troubleshot it and realized the compressor was fried. Called around locally - they all quoted $1400 for the compressor + installation. I bought a new compressor online outta Texas. $560 delivered. Paid a local tech $440 for installation and have been cool ever since!

BTW, this tech was suspect of the compressor (or acted that way) and of course, made CERTAIN that I understood HE wouldn't warrant it if it died. In the end he DID sell me a start capacitor for the evaporator motor - it was like he HAD to sell me at least SOME little part to feel good about the situation. So, I let him sell me the $12 dollar capacitor.:D

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rockne10
09-10-2008, 11:18 PM
quote: JDP, I hate to be a stickkaller for acracy, but "Mortor" is supposed to be spelled "Mortar".
stickkaller for acracy:D[:o)]

DEEPNHOCK
09-11-2008, 07:09 AM
When I bought this house my mostest excellent real estate 'buyers broker' (Lee Skelly) helped us with all the paperwork and stuff and made a few bucks on the deal..
So he paid it forward and bought us a home warranty.
Since we have been here, the one a/c unit (we have two) inside air handler coil sprung an irrepairable leak and they replaced the inside unit.
Cost me $65 for the initial service call, and $250 for the custom ductwork and old unit disposal.
Then, they replaced the second unit outside unit.
Paid $65 for that service call.
Then, the new unit morked up.
They now had to replace everything on that one because everything is now seer 13 (or something like that)
They swapped out both the inside air handler and the outside unit.
My cost?
$100 to dispose of all the old stuff.
Didn't have to pay for the service call, because the failed unit was within the original warranty period, and they were the ones that chose the equipment to install.
I have to admit, this home warranty has been a good deal...so far...
Jeff[8D]

BobGlasscock
09-11-2008, 08:10 AM
Dang Rockne, you beat me! :(

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Roscomacaw
09-11-2008, 12:29 PM
The speeling airrers hear half mee mortarfied![|)]

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Guido
09-11-2008, 04:37 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

The speeling airrers hear half mee mortarfied![|)]
If mortars are coming your way, I can only tell you to dig in and duck. ;)

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vegas paul
09-11-2008, 05:42 PM
For those of you that occasionally buy a tool at Harbor Freight (I know, not the best quality and definitely unpatriotic to buy Chinese, but what are you going to do?)... go onto their website before making any purchase. Often, the online price is lower than the store price, and they honor the online price if you print it out and bring it in. However, no one in the store will tell you that it's cheaper online.

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bams50
09-11-2008, 07:31 PM
Good tip, Vegas- I find that frequently true with all kinds of businesses that have websites. Check it out before you buy![8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

ISpy
09-12-2008, 09:42 PM
Well now I can finally give JDP a bit of advice after he has always been kind enough to answer my offline queries.

They sell wholesale to trade because trade is expected to retail to the public so you can get screwed 2 ways !

Here is what you do: Tell them you are trade, you do property management(JDP property mangement has a nice ring) and want to buy on a cash trade account. Dont wear your Sunday go to meetin' clothes,look the working man part. BS with them just like your parts guys,complain about your lousy boss/rotten tenants etc. One nice thing about saying you are property manager/handyman is you are an expert on nothing. Sometimes they will even help if you need advice because "that rotten SOB expects me to be able to fix everything". As many times parts guys seem to want to be field guys they relish a chance to do that and be a little superior.

Sometimes they talk about a credit account, I am too busy/too small/ need the part right now but wont you please let me have the paperwork for next time ? Only time I had a problem was Granigers and it was more cause the clerk was an ass I think. I walked with my part and the promise of paperwork..ooppss just remembered...

I have never been asked for a card, I used a former bosses company name and #,now I would just use whatever and my cell. You could print em on the comp if you wanted.

As for A/C parts the only thing you cant get is anything dealing with the freon, like the units,need a license. Fan motors etc no prob.

N8N if you every need a hand at Tribles,you drive me there in your Stude and I will get you whatever at trade ! Well even not in the Stude...

Let me know if anyone needs more info...

BubbaBear
09-13-2008, 07:36 PM
The igniter in our dryer went out and we considered a new dryer since it was over 25 years old. But not wanting the hassle of moving the old one out and a new one in we decided to fix the old one more time. The price of an igniter at the local Marcone a national appliance parts distributor was $38. We checked the Internet. Found it for $12 plus $4 shipping. Not being in a hurry and not wanting to take off work to drive over and pick it up we ordered it about 4 PM. It arrived about 10 AM the next morning. The funny thing about it is the address was the same as the Marcone distributor that had it for $38. Evidently they have a Internet business from the same address selling a lot cheaper and shipping out the same day. Being in the same city we got it the next.

bams50
09-13-2008, 07:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by ISpy


Here is what you do: Tell them you are trade, you do property management(JDP property mangement has a nice ring) and want to buy on a cash trade account. Dont wear your Sunday go to meetin' clothes,look the working man part. BS with them just like your parts guys,complain about your lousy boss/rotten tenants etc. One nice thing about saying you are property manager/handyman is you are an expert on nothing. Sometimes they will even help if you need advice because "that rotten SOB expects me to be able to fix everything". As many times parts guys seem to want to be field guys they relish a chance to do that and be a little superior.

Sometimes they talk about a credit account, I am too busy/too small/ need the part right now but wont you please let me have the paperwork for next time ? Only time I had a problem was Granigers and it was more cause the clerk was an ass I think. I walked with my part and the promise of paperwork..ooppss just remembered...

I have never been asked for a card, I used a former bosses company name and #,now I would just use whatever and my cell. You could print em on the comp if you wanted.




But isn't that lying?

I'd rather be honest; and as we've seen in this thread, you can do quite well using the 'net. And a lot easier.

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"