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Old 01-10-2013, 07:19 AM
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Does $1700 in labor to replace a compressor, heater/filter, condenser sound fair? Parts should be covered ($700) but the labor is just stunning to me.

Units is a 42 inch KitchenAide installed in 2005. Trying to figure out if I should repair or start looking to replace. The space in the kitchen requires a counter depth unit.


I am in a vortex of appliance hell right now.



Any input?
Old 01-10-2013, 07:28 AM
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No it doesn't. For the most part he's just swapping out whole parts. I hope you're getting at least 3 quotes.
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Can you do it yourself? Or at the least get another estimate?
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WTF replace the POS with something that doesn't use platinum parts and a brain surgeon to to work on it.
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Hell no. I paid $800 to replace the compressor in our subzero, including some other parts.
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How many new refrigerators can you buy for $1700? I had a similar experience with a push lawnmower a year ago. They quoted me $225 to fix it. I told them a new one would be cheaper. They said I owed them $50 for the estimate regardless. I told them to keep the damn thing. Now I know why they had so many used mowers for sale. I'm sure they spent $50 to fix it and sold it for $100. I went to Sears and got a new mower for $175.
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Done many repairs using Repairclinic.com
Old 01-10-2013, 07:51 AM
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Replace the beast. The price you were quoted isn't obscene when you figure in the time involved and the parts cost. Theres more to repairing a piece of refrigeration equipment than meets the eye of the happy home owner even if they consider themselves a handyman.
Its the same as saying an electrician charged you to much to run one wire out to your pool without taking into consideration the pulling of permits the cost of materials and the incidentals involved along with the labor.
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Yeah this one stinks. The problem I have is that there is a very specific size space in the kitchen layout for the unit, and the only way they got it in the house was during a full remodel. My neighbor helped hump it in.

My guess is I will have to cut it up to get it out. question is, what do I bring in. House is a raised rancher with an upstairs kitchen.

Based on the repair manual and description, the labor is probably not out of line. + i need to stay in the whirlpool system, or the warranty is void (warranty picks up the $700, keeping the bill under 2000). Course a warranty that costs me $1700 is REALLY worth preserving.


On the upside, it is making the spring break vacation question much easier. When it rains it pours
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I'd be surprised if u have to cut it up to remove it. I have a Subzero appliance dolly that lets you roll built in fridges out practically laying on the floor if that's what it takes to get under doors, etc. Ridiculous that a fridge that expensive and new should require $1700 repair.
Any built in fridge that's 42 wide will fit your opening, I kno a subzero will. You need another estimate. Compressor is a $300 part after all.
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Charlie,

My problem is making the turns to come up the stair. Raised Rancher is a very odd layout, but I will probably have to have a pro come out and take a look. Course that will cost me another $100 I am sure, and may still leave me exactly where I started.

7 years out of a $7000 fridge. I am furious. calling around for estimates, but Most folks will not work on it.

Need Compressor, Heater/filter and condensor. Tech need to capture refrigerant act. I am bettin the price is in line.

I am looking hard at replacement options here, but I am not in the position to remodel my kitchen to make a more sensible fridge fit.
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I'd buy a new Sub Zero for $4k before I dumped $2,400 into an old Kitchen Aid
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Cut cardboard 25" x 42" and see if u can make the turn. Should be 84" tall.
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Yes, call someone else.
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All the parts for your sealed system should be covered under your 10 year warranty if I recall. So 1700 for labor for a half day job is a joke.
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Does anyone know what the standard hourly rate for labor should be on an appliance repair?
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Originally Posted by Blythe1022 View Post
How many new refrigerators can you buy for $1700?
About 1/4 of a 42" wide "professional grade" fridge.
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
About 1/4 of a 42" wide "professional grade" fridge.
and that does not begin to cover the cost of the time space portal I will need to get the new one in the house.

As I told my wife, (As we where out on the deck arranging the coolers) at least we don't have to worry about this for another couple months. I thought that was kinds funny. She did not. Should I start a second thread on that? I mean it was funny... right?
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and that does not begin to cover the cost of the time space portal I will need to get the new one in the house.

As I told my wife, (As we where out on the deck arranging the coolers) at least we don't have to worry about this for another couple months. I thought that was kinds funny. She did not. Should I start a second thread on that? I mean it was funny... right?
Who are you trying to convince?
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Charlie,

My problem is making the turns to come up the stair. Raised Rancher is a very odd layout, but I will probably have to have a pro come out and take a look. Course that will cost me another $100 I am sure, and may still leave me exactly where I started.

7 years out of a $7000 fridge. I am furious. calling around for estimates, but Most folks will not work on it.

Need Compressor, Heater/filter and condensor. Tech need to capture refrigerant act. I am bettin the price is in line.

I am looking hard at replacement options here, but I am not in the position to remodel my kitchen to make a more sensible fridge fit.

Most raised ranches I've seen have those wrought iron railings that are easy to remove. Maybe doing something like that would help give more room to maneuver ;?

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