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Why is NYC appliance repair so difficult?

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Lady Grey Mar 20, 2007 06:37 PM

I've just been stood up twice and failed once by two refrigerator repair guys. And it's impossible to get recommendations for repair people who do Manhattan! How do you find competent people? Or do you have anyone to suggest?

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    beevod RE: Lady Grey Mar 21, 2007 07:10 AM

    Alas, by the time you've gotten a repairman and overpaid for his incompetence, it's usually easier to buy a new appliance.

    1. MMRuth RE: Lady Grey Mar 21, 2007 08:58 AM

      I had a good experience recently with a GE repairman for my dishwasher - professional, on time, etc. Wasn't cheap, but I rent, so it wasn't my expense.

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        Lady Grey RE: Lady Grey Mar 23, 2007 08:44 AM

        So funny, Megiac, about sawing the sofa in half.

        Well, the second guy came back a second time, and after having charged me $170 the first time, he didn't charge me for the return visit. But it shouldn't be so hard. I once had a G.E. repairman come, and it turned out to be quite a rip-off. And one thing I've learned is to avoid the "authorized" dealers.

        Maybe there should be a sidebar here for this sort of thing!

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          embee RE: Lady Grey Mar 25, 2007 08:34 PM

          Seriously, I suspect it's a combination of traffic, parking problems and time requirements. My appliance repair guy in Toronto won't take any job in the downtown core because it takes forever to get through the gridlock, park, get into the building and up to the unit, run back and forth for parts, etc. He says he can complete two or more calls in less time when he can just drive up and park at someone's door.

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            fuma RE: Lady Grey May 4, 2009 10:09 AM

            Try Peter Natoli of Father and Son Appliance Repair at (718) 344-3362 or at his website at www.appliancerepairbrooklyn.com

            He is professional, timely and very, very reasonable. We actually picked him up and drove him into Manhattan and back. He is available on weekends and nights, too. He does all kind of appliance repairs and handled our vintage stove with great care. I highly recommend him.

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