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Old 01-13-2010, 09:17 PM
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My 15 year old hot tub died, it's been inside the house, nice shape. The local dealer told me that he might not be able to get parts for it, and sore of blew me off. I found that the 30 amp heater relay was the trouble and hard wired around it, so I turn the breaker on , heat it up and use it. A pain in the ass. This is the 2nd time in 15 years that part had failed. Last time they charged me 45 buck for the part and 100 for labor. I found the part online for 8.75 and I'm fixing it my self when the part comes in. I guess I 'm asking is that the normal mark up on parts? And do you feel that the local guy doesn’t want my business any more? At 8.75 I order 2, hell I'm 50 , 2 should last my life time.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:28 AM
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Doubling cost is not unusual, but his markup sounds a bit much. Of course you might be buying old stock that is priced low because it won't move otherwise.
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Old 01-14-2010, 01:11 PM
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Thats two trips to your house for $145, don't sound bad to me.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by freddy063 View Post
My 15 year old hot tub died, it's been inside the house, nice shape. The local dealer told me that he might not be able to get parts for it, and sore of blew me off. I found that the 30 amp heater relay was the trouble and hard wired around it, so I turn the breaker on , heat it up and use it. A pain in the ass. This is the 2nd time in 15 years that part had failed. Last time they charged me 45 buck for the part and 100 for labor. I found the part online for 8.75 and I'm fixing it my self when the part comes in. I guess I 'm asking is that the normal mark up on parts? And do you feel that the local guy doesn’t want my business any more? At 8.75 I order 2, hell I'm 50 , 2 should last my life time.
Lets see . . . the guy has to order and hold the part in stock . . . probably spent 1/2 hour buying the part and then putting it in inventory

Then he talks to you and agrees to come over . . . probably another 20 minutes

Then he has to buy a truck so his employee can drive over and fix your hot tub

His employee wants vacation and benefits and he has to pay for that

He has to hire an accountant and pay taxes and electricity and heating and rent etc. etc. etc.

Oh, and he has to pay the guy to do the work for you

. . . maybe it is not too expensive

Just another way to look at it

But the good news is you can get the part and do it yourself . . . with what you save buy yourself a few beers and enjoy your hot tub
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:09 PM
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got to make money some how .. they have to pay the over head some how
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:07 AM
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You think that's bad? Nah

I have a 15 year old Sundance in my hot tub room. Seats 6 comfortably, love it. Well, used to love it. First the air tubes dried out and got brittle then leaked. Plugged them up cuz the only way to repair is revamp the whole thing, not worth it on a 15 yo tub. Then heater went, got fixed for 300.00, then it went again, another 300.00 now the main ciruit board appears to be bad. 650.00 for the board and no idea about labor. Sorry, the tub is dead. not worth putting any more into.

The real problem is that it used to be an outdoor tub. The previous home owner had a nice concrete slab made for it and all. Then he decided he wanted an indoor hot tub. So he built the room around it. There is now no way to get it out of there. I am going to either have to cut a hole in the wall or take a chainsaw to the tub.

Any one want an old Sundance tub? Help me get it out of there and it is yours.
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Old 01-15-2010, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by One4Water View Post
You think that's bad?
There is now no way to get it out of there. I am going to either have to cut a hole in the wall or take a chainsaw to the tub.

Any one want an old Sundance tub? Help me get it out of there and it is yours.
Before or after you cut it with the chain saw
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:29 PM
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don't laugh, I live in Maine, a old friend of mine, cut a tub to get it in his basement, then fiberglassed it back together. I don't care what any one saids Im not getting in a tub outside in a Maine winter, and he felt the same.He was a plumber and it turned out to be a nice set up. But my parts came in today and the tub is fixed, there really so simple when you see how there wired and hooked up. The relay is the same as a ac pump motor that used,240 v 30 amp. THe older tubs are better because the old anlog parts might burn out , but there cheaper to fix, now that I found parts form an other source beside the local hottub company, l'll fix it my self, it a hot water tub with bubbles.
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Old 01-15-2010, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by auguste View Post
Before or after you cut it with the chain saw

either.

if I don't cut it, I have to pay to open up the wall, if I do cut it, I have to go though that BS then still need to dispose of it. Either way its a PIA
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Old 01-15-2010, 05:14 PM
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ok, so there a need for hottub that can fit in a standard stairwell, be reinstalled and made to be installed in small areas. What size 5 , or 6 person?
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