Newbie Question re: Weil-Mclain boiler relay switch problem

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Old 12-30-12, 05:38 PM
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Unhappy Newbie Question re: Weil-Mclain boiler relay switch problem

I'm visiting my 80+ yr old parents in NYC, windchill of 13 degrees. Boiler won't cycle off and thermostat read over 80. They have a contract for labor on their 20-yr-old Weil McLain boiler, so we put a call out. Nice guy came out, diagnosed it as the relay switch and swapping it out has seemed to solve the problem.

W-R/RBM
91-3220006-11000
COIL 24V 60Hz
pole 1-60 Hz
12AFL 60ALR 125V
6AFL 35ALR 250V
pole 4-60hz

The service man stated that the part costs $145.00. Service call covered by contract. My review of this site and a google of the above part reveals that this is certainly not true.

My question for others: Would you take this discrepancy up with a more senior person at the maintenance company? Is this not highway robbery?

I only wish I had known about this site earlier and thought to tackle the problem myself!
 
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Old 12-30-12, 07:58 PM
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I can't advise whether or not to make a fuss with the contract company or not...

But I will admit that the markup on the part is a bit... ummmm... extreme...

There's an old anecdote I recall...

Back in the days when TV sets had tubes... guy calls a repairman (they made house calls back then!) to fix his TV.

Tech comes in, pops the back, pulls a tube, grabs a new one out of his caddy, pops it in, TV is fixed.

Hands the guy the bill... "WHAT!? $75 dollars for one tube?"

Tech say, "No, the tube was $5, the other $70 was to pay me for knowing which one to change!"

But I digress.

Still... $145 for a $25 part is a bit ridiculous.
 
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I'd call and complain. What's the worst thing that can happen, they reduce your bill or they say no?
if you don't ask, you'll never get it.
 
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