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Question DetailsAsked on 2/3/2016

how much does it cost for a capacitor to be installed in a pool heat pump?

I just had one replaced in our pool heat pump for $220 and was staggered by the cost. I paid the bill and then went on line to only find out they cost any where from $10 to $20.00. This was a new fellow from the company we have been using for decades. I want to know if I was scammed.

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$25-50 list is more what I would expect for a heat pump capacitor - so probably $50-100 after his markuyp, which leaves $$120-170 for the labor. This does sound a bit high, assuming the heat pump is readily accessible and not tightly blocked in by other equipment (which is should not be, for servicing and heat dissipation reasons). You don't say if the $220 included the diagnosis time too - which could have been 1/2-1 hour with some systems, because with the electronic controls these days the true cause of non-run or electrical problems can be tough to track down.

You could always try contacting the OWNER of the company and ask about why it was so high - it may well be, even if that was the normal charge, he may credit you a bit because you are a long-term customer.

Or could be they got bought out by a competitor who has now jacked the rates up - I heard ofthis happening recently in my area, where one of the very few electricians who does household repairs and minor rewire work (as opposed to new home wiring) was bought out by the only significant competitor - rates instantly doubled, and markup on materials went to 200% from 20%.

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