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Offline PBarbs

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Possible to specialize?
« on: May 11, 2016, 06:27:13 PM »
Hello all, new member here. I've been interested in appliance repair for some time now and have been thinking of starting my own repair business on the side while I continue working my current job (commercial/industrial hvac), with hopes to eventually go full time self employed. I was thinking of specializing and only doing refrigerator/freezer repair. So my questions are:

1. Do you think it is a viable option to specialize in just refrigeration? Do any of you specialize in one or two major appliances?

2. Out of all the refrigeration calls you go on, how many end up being sealed system issues?

3. How often do customers actually go through with a repair versus replacing the appliance?

Thanks in advance! I've been enjoying reading through the site and learning all I can.

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Re: Possible to specialize?
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2016, 06:51:27 PM »

1. Do you think it is a viable option to specialize in just refrigeration? Do any of you specialize in one or two major appliances?

No, don't be an A&E tech. If you want to appeal to everyone. You will want to work on everything.


2. Out of all the refrigeration calls you go on, how many end up being sealed system issues?

about 20%


3. How often do customers actually go through with a repair versus replacing the appliance?

Depends how much they paid for the fridge....
The cheap 800 fridges, almost never
the 3k fridges and up. 75% of them will want to fix it.... They would rather pay 800-1k to fix the fridge than drop another 3k+ on a new one.

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Re: Possible to specialize?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2016, 11:41:58 AM »
Id rather be a master of 1 trade than a wannabe of all of them and unless you have some great tecnical support you will be lost quickly due to all of the electronics ect.good luck in your venture

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Re: Possible to specialize?
« Reply #3 on: Today at 06:46:34 AM »
Hello all, new member here. I've been interested in appliance repair for some time now and have been thinking of starting my own repair business on the side while I continue working my current job (commercial/industrial hvac), with hopes to eventually go full time self employed. I was thinking of specializing and only doing refrigerator/freezer repair. So my questions are:

1. Do you think it is a viable option to specialize in just refrigeration? Do any of you specialize in one or two major appliances?

2. Out of all the refrigeration calls you go on, how many end up being sealed system issues?

3. How often do customers actually go through with a repair versus replacing the appliance?

Thanks in advance! I've been enjoying reading through the site and learning all I can.

Great question. I've been a laundry specialist w/ sears for a couple of years now and have thought about this also. The only saving grace for being a laundry only independent would be the ability to focus on vent cleaning as well as app repair. I'm at least a couple of years away before seriously considering it so I wonder if I should get cross trained on kitchen stuff too.