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Old 02-16-2014, 09:36 PM
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Natural gas. Must be high efficiency since it vents out a PVC pipe. She was quoted $7000 for a new furnace. She didn't tell me how much she paid for the new board. Must have been pretty standard since he had one in his truck I think.
So it was a 90+. If he had itin the truck It was probably a common Honeywell control board. There are about 5 common ones that a hvac man would keep in his truck. All of them are sub-$100 wholesale.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:42 PM
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Just run the part number on the net.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:04 PM
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So it was a 90+. If he had itin the truck It was probably a common Honeywell control board. There are about 5 common ones that a hvac man would keep in his truck. All of them are sub-$100 wholesale.
She did tell me earlier when I first looked at it that he was saying $800 for the board.
Well, at least I saved her about $6200.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:55 PM
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"Scamming furnace repairman"

Easiest way I ever found was to make sure he takes that old broken unit off your hands without the disposal fee ....
Depends on the furnace. If say the old unit is oil and has a riello burner it is resaleable. They are expensive.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:06 PM
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Kerry you did a good thing. being helpful is sometimes a double edged sword.

So, you DID help her in the long run given her lack of knowledge. Regardless of 'optimal outcome'.

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She did tell me earlier when I first looked at it that he was saying $800 for the board.
Well, at least I saved her about $6200.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:14 PM
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Depends on the furnace. If say the old unit is oil and has a riello burner it is resaleable. They are expensive.
Especially if the unit wasn't actually broken at all too ...
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:11 AM
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Sad to say, but the time is coming when Kerry would be sued for costing the lady more than the repair could have cost. You did a good thing; some (pernicious) lawyer will find a way to turn it into a payday.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:45 PM
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This sounds typical, the HVAC guy is trying to make a buck of an ignorant customer.

The circuit board should be around $100, removal and replacement maybe another $100, if its an emergency repair at 3am on a Sunday expect to pay more.

Replacing the furnace should be his cost around $2,500 all in, so he is looking to make a quick $5k at least if not a bit more.

This is why good HVAC guys have a ton of money.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:19 PM
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This sounds typical, the HVAC guy is trying to make a buck of an ignorant customer.
Name a profession and they will have someone trying to do that. Sucks but it is par for the course
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Sad to say, but the time is coming when Kerry would be sued for costing the lady more than the repair could have cost. You did a good thing; some (pernicious) lawyer will find a way to turn it into a payday.
I doubt that a criminal (fraud, theft by deception) could successfully sue someone who non-violently prevented them from committing a crime. Nor would they be very eager to own up to the crime in court.
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Scamming is a thriving business. We have two electrical companies here that specialize in service. They really specialize in scamming. Need a 220 circuit breaker? Those cost $12. They'll recommend a whole panel changeout and some other odds and ends for $8k. Seriously its ridiculous.
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Scamming is a thriving business. We have two electrical companies here that specialize in service. They really specialize in scamming. Need a 220 circuit breaker? Those cost $12. They'll recommend a whole panel changeout and some other odds and ends for $8k. Seriously its ridiculous.
If it's a Federal-Pacific panel, they might be right
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:45 PM
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Natural gas. Must be high efficiency since it vents out a PVC pipe. She was quoted $7000 for a new furnace. She didn't tell me how much she paid for the new board. Must have been pretty standard since he had one in his truck I think.
LOL oil leak.

We had someone try to scam us on a water heater. Actually sure if it was a true scamming or they just had no idea what was wrong with it and just wanted to throw parts at it.

They said it was the blower assembly and wanted like $600 or something to do it. I found the assembly for $200 on Amazon. Installed, no difference.

Turned out it was a $90 flame sensor.
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Reminds me of the "infamous" Trethewey Brothers of Boston Mass...yep the family of the guy from this old House!

Not only do they lie and flim flam you, a former co-worker caught one of their guys blocking the flue pipe with a wad of insulation to simulate a flue collapse.

I really did a number on the guy who showed up at my MoM in Law's house last week...after listening to his BS rap I casually let him know I was a Licensed Inspector with 15 years experience in Boiler Installs and Inspection and flashed my ID...the problem became a simple $75 fix down from $1500!

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:05 PM
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How do you read the codes?
On my furnace there is a little window. The last time mine went out the guy showed it to me.

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