Blower Motor - Rip Off?
I stumbled upon this forum when I found post where a similar question to mine was asked. I'm hoping someone out there can help me delve into this a little further than the other gal did.
The blower motor (Model #HD44AE131) went out a few months ago on our Carrier Heat Pump (Model #FK4CNF002). Our neighbor is a distributor/installer for Carrier so, of course, he promised a great deal. And why wouldn't we go with him? After all, he's the one we purchased the system from initially.
My questions are:
1. Does anyone know what the warranty should have been on this part? I was thinking 10 years. We purchased the system within the last 10 years. He tells us that the part was not covered under warranty.
2. Can anyone tell me what a distributor's cost would be for the motor? We really thought that he wouldn't charge us much, if anything, over his cost. We received a bill for $970. Not only did we about fall out of our chair when we saw the total, my husband went into the attic in 100+ heat, diagnosed the problem and removed the bad motor. We then had to wait a week to get the part. It was sent to our home. My husband went back up into the attic and installed the new motor. We were looking forward to the cost savings. Ha-Ha. Now, a technician did have to come out - he spent about 30 minutes here making some sort of adjustment. That's it.
So, I'm wanting to know just what it is that we are paying for. I know that I need to ask our neighbor. Before I do that, though, I want to be prepared by having done my own homework on the issue. Can anyone tell me what we should be expected to pay in such a situation? The bare minimum as well as the max? Yes, we're budget-conscious, but we're also fair. We just want to be sure that our neighbor is being fair as well.