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Nick Acocella of Hoboken, N.J., still fumes about the $95 minimum service call fee he had to pay when his air conditioner wouldn’t work. “The guy came over, hit the reset button and handed me the bill. I didn't even know there was a reset button.” The same goes for Sharon Waldrop of Crawford, Ga. “I once had to pay $60 for a service call when my clothes dryer wouldn’t turn on,” she says. “The technician came over and found it wasn’t plugged in.” … Back to Article

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