So when the A/C guy was here last week, he said the dual element fuses needed to be replaced - 2 of them - and quoted a price of $203 to get the job done. I declined and he shook his head as if I had lost mine.
I spent this morning on my computer trying to figure out two things:
1. What IS a dual element fuse?
2. Is this a DIY job that can be done for less than this guy wants?
I fairly quickly came up with a site and had an email address, so I snapped pictures of the fuses in question and sent an email, asking whether this is an easy replacement. Within minutes, a nice man named Joe called me and told me to NEVER pay $203 for new fuses. I asked a couple questions about how these things are installed - no different than popping batteries in a remote - and whether he had any to sell. He did.
Total cost? $28, with shipping.
Seriously? I know people have to earn a living. But the guy was here anyway and we're talking a job that takes 10 seconds, max. I mean, it's so easy even I can do it!
Next up, replacing the flapper in the toilet. Geez, it's quite the life I lead ...