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Author Topic: There's no money I. This  (Read 492 times)

Offline Rick32k

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There's no money I. This
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:41:39 AM »
Most customers have a line at which they'll just say screw it and buy a new appliance. And in between the price of the part and that line is the profit you'll make on the job, but with the price of a lot of these parts that price range gets really narrow, and when you think about all the work you have to do on these machines, it just isn't worth it. For example Im working on a GE fridge and the condenser fan took a dump and took out the control board. Now the board is $134 and the fan is $200 that's $334 and this thing is a pain in the ass to work on so I wanna charge at least $150-175 for labor that's $509 you could get away with that that cause its a fridge and they cost $1200 and up for a good one. But on others like a GE washer I worked on Monday ( WJSR4160G1WW ) the motor went bad and because it cost $250 for the motor alone the guy decided just to get another one and I can't blame him. There's a lot of hard work and technical no how that goes into fixing these machines and there only getting more complicated so one has to spend money to learn and keep up with everything. I was thinking why don't I spend that money to learn to work on commercial equipment because I'm sure that a company like red lobster or chilis would pay a lot more to have there dishwasher fixed than some guy in suburbia.

Offline Patricio

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 11:45:20 AM »
I Hear that.    A commercial refrigeration Tech that works for a big commercial repair company says he makes $135K a year.   Minimum just to walk in door is $250.  So he says.
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Offline Rick32k

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2013, 01:01:52 PM »
Yeah! My service call is $50' I can charge twice that in commercial and still be cheaper than half the guys doing it. I'm honestly thinking about only Doug refrigerators.

Offline niobrara

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2013, 01:16:01 PM »
I did a GE washer last week that the control board was $260 my cost. Total cost on job was $480. Did a whirlpool compressor that was $560. Yes somethings are getting a little high. My service call is $69.95,waved into repair if customer repairs. I have been running my own service for only about 7or 8 weeks now. I have kept reasonably busy for just starting out and only a phone book ad..Waiting on some parts and got two calls in for next week this morning.

Offline Rick32k

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2013, 01:40:54 PM »
I figure I would have to do 10 residential calls to make what I would make doing 3 commercial calls.

Offline RAH52

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2013, 05:45:50 PM »

Glad I'm retiring in 3 years

Offline dab147315

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 06:22:51 PM »
One year and 6 months to go for me.

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013, 07:52:28 PM »
I run a $50 service call as well (it's light I know) and $40 an hour plus parts.  I would charge an hour for the repair because it is a pain to change out the condenser  fan motor...maybe 5 minutes for the board so an hour labor.  Can I get $150-$175 plus service call and parts for that repair?  If so I am way undercharging!

Offline magician59

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2013, 10:55:04 AM »
I figure I would have to do 10 residential calls to make what I would make doing 3 commercial calls.

Be careful with this kind of thinking. Commercial money moves SLOWLY. Some corporations will take up to 90 days to pay on invoice (and don't even think you'll get many of them to cut you a check on the spot). And this is IF they don't run delinquent on you.

Offline Rick32k

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Re: There's no money I. This
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2013, 10:56:22 AM »
Magician59 do you do a lot if commercial work?

 

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