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Old 01-24-2015, 12:30 PM
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We had Mid-Florida Heating & Air come do our Furnace Cleaning and they came recommended. I don't doubt they did a good job, but at the end the guy said our outside Central Air Surge protector was "fried" and they could sell me one for over $219.00. He showed the surge protector to me in the original box.
Since I sell online, I asked if i could look the same exact one up, and sure enough, found the same one selling for $60.00. I told him what I had found, explained I felt that was a very big markup, and passed.
I will be purchasing my own and finding a local trusted electrician to install.
Anyone have a good electrician to recommend?
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:07 PM
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Doesn't SECO, our electric company, sell whole house surge protectors? We do not have one yet but you may want to call SECO.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:19 PM
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We had Mid-Florida Heating & Air come do our Furnace Cleaning and they came recommended. I don't doubt they did a good job, but at the end the guy said our outside Central Air Surge protector was "fried" and they could sell me one for over $219.00. He showed the surge protector to me in the original box.
Since I sell online, I asked if i could look the same exact one up, and sure enough, found the same one selling for $60.00. I told him what I had found, explained I felt that was a very big markup, and passed.
I will be purchasing my own and finding a local trusted electrician to install.
Anyone have a good electrician to recommend?
If the surge protector was "fried" I doubt that the AC unit would be operational.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:25 PM
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Be sure to check with Seniors vs Crime on hiring an electrician. They are open in Sumter County on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10-2. They will not recommend any specific electrician but will tell you if there are unresolved complaints about a company or person.

They also would be interested to hear about the experience you had with this company. Some of those "inspections or cleanings" are just a way to get into your system and tell you that you need more extensive work - when your system is fine.

I think a permit is mandatory for electrical work but Seniors vs Crime can tell you for sure.
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We had Mid-Florida Heating & Air come do our Furnace Cleaning and they came recommended. I don't doubt they did a good job, but at the end the guy said our outside Central Air Surge protector was "fried" and they could sell me one for over $219.00. He showed the surge protector to me in the original box.
Since I sell online, I asked if i could look the same exact one up, and sure enough, found the same one selling for $60.00. I told him what I had found, explained I felt that was a very big markup, and passed.
I will be purchasing my own and finding a local trusted electrician to install.
Anyone have a good electrician to recommend?
We Had Pike install a whole house protector at the panel. I believe SECO provides a collar protector at the meter. I suspect someone knows the difference but we went with Pike since we are relatively new here and they did the original wiring during construction.
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Lenhart's is very good and ethical.
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Home Depot sells plug in whole house surge protectors--if you have the expertise to change a circuit breaker you can instal one of these-its a no brainer
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Thanks I will check with SECO.
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