You are looking at $156.
It’s $156 in the form of a metal Run Capacitor, which is smaller than a fist and controls the blower fan in Bossy’s heating system. Blower fans in general are something you take for granted until suddenly your family room sounds as bucolic as an Engine Room whenever the heat kicks on. Whoosh. Rumble.
It cost $156 to replace this part, and another $110 for the guy to clean and check the rest of the system. That’s a grand
mal seizure total of $276. Lucky thing it’s not a holiday month and that money doesn’t need to be apportioned for gifts. Oh wait.
In any case, the heater blower? It’s still making noise; a noise Bossy’s husband is unable to hear because $276 impairs one’s ability to assess sounds that may cost more money.
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MariaV saysDecember 22, 2008 at 9:17 am
Oh, Bossy! That sucks. I am going to have to replace my boiler soon. I’m dreading it.
Stephanie saysDecember 22, 2008 at 10:14 am
I hope that’s just a miscalculation… otherwise your guy gave himself a holiday tip.
Susie orman saysDecember 22, 2008 at 10:40 am
In any case, the heater blower? It’s still making noise; a noise Bossy’s husband is unable to hear because $376 impairs one’s ability to assess sounds that may cost more money.
Liz saysDecember 22, 2008 at 10:49 am
Thank Gah it wasn’t the flux capacitor that needed to be replaced.
operagal saysDecember 22, 2008 at 11:11 am
damn, liz got there before me.
The Cheap Chick saysDecember 22, 2008 at 11:38 am
Dude. YUCK! I am so sorry, and here’s hoping the rest of your holiday goes more smoothly. Hang in there!
Grammar Snob saysDecember 22, 2008 at 2:14 pm
Liz beat me!
Carroll saysDecember 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm
Bossy, wait! The Math!!!
156 + 110 = 266 not 276!!!!
Woooo — You just saved $10 🙂
donna in mid michigan saysDecember 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm
Ugh. SO sorry. I have 3 furnaces to worry about and pay maintenance on. Consider some upkeep from electric / gas companies for 10 a month they cover all repairs. GAH. HATE unexpected repairs…Like having the snow plow guy come and plow out 5 times in 4 days. Yes. It IS that bad. Snow over my head from drifts right out of our front door. 25, 25, 30, 25 and the last one..was $50.
Emily saysDecember 22, 2008 at 7:26 pm
Personally, you got away for not too bad. Back in October (luckily before it got real cold here) our heater stopped blowing too! It wasn’t just this one cheaper part for $170, it turned out the motor had burned out too so the damages came to $650 total!
Nanuk saysDecember 23, 2008 at 10:45 am
You might want to find a new HVAC guy, he saw you as his Christmas bonus.
If you want some ideas as to what’s making noise, shoot me an email.