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Question DetailsAsked on 12/11/2016

How much is a fair price to pay for a replacement capacitor part number c291-4553rs in a Payne

I think 365.00 is to much for a 5 minute job when the part cost 16.00

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The capacitor itself is about $17 at Amazon for a GE capacitor, $25 for the Carrier/Payne OEM part - so say in the order of $30-60 charge-out rate by a contractor. Normally a minimum charge job (like you say, commonly 5-10 minutes work and post-installation testing), so about $75-125 trip charge in most areas for the labor - so yeah, I would say you got ripped off by probably the better part of $150-200.

Unfortunately, many plumbers, electrician, and HVAC contractors are now going to flat-rate work for most repair items, and pricing some of the easiest to do ones like yours very high to bump their profits up, so that might be what you ran into. Like one plumber I ran into charging a flat rate of $300 to install a boiler thermostat (plus the thermostat cost) and $400 to change out the powerhead (not the valve itself) on a zone valve (another 5 minute job).

Now the caveat - this assumes he came and immediately saw what the problem was, or you called himm to specifically replace that part. If he had to spend an hour or two first to diagnose the problem (though that should be not more than a 15 minute diagnosis), then maybe not a ripoff.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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