Earlier this week, I noticed an Angies List Big Deal, $119 for two hours of electrical labor. Our attic fan stopped working this year, so I figured this would be a good deal to use to get it repaired. The attic fan was only five years old, so I figured that the problem was with a blown fuse or something simple. Michael came and took a look. After about 5-10 minutes he came down and said that the motor was broken and the fan had to be replaced. I asked him why, because the fan was only five years old and he indicated that this was due to our negligence of not getting it serviced annually, which I was unaware of (I remember asking the prior electrician five years ago if I needed to service the fan and he said attic fans run virtually maintenance free). Michael said something about dust and debris killing the motor, this seemed reasonable enough. He quoted that a new fan install would cost $525 (plus $115 for a switch) and he'd knock down another $75 because of the Big Deal. The math did not make sense to me being that I paid $119 and the value advertised was $240. He said that his hourly rate was $50 which didn't add up mathematically ($240 value for two hours of labor figures to be $120/hour, not $50/hour). He had already billed me for 1/2 hour of work (thus the $75 "discount"). This already seemed shady enough, but I said go ahead and do the work. Michael left to get the new fan (I am guessing at the shop? Or maybe he went to Home Depot to buy one?). He came back about an hour later and installed it. He then came down from the attic and explained what the problem with the old fan was--it wasn't dust/debris but rather a poor wiring job from the prior electrician--which I can live with, but the fact that we were blamed for lack of maintenance right off the bat seemed unprofessional. After finishing up (there was some issues with the power flickering on and off in the house), he brought me up and showed me the finished product. It looked good and the switch worked nicely. After cleaning up, he then indicated that he had done some "extra" work (still not sure what it was) and charged an additional $100. So basically, for an attic fan I paid for the "Big Deal" ($119) plus the actual quoted cost ($450) plus the switch ($115) plus the additional $100 for a total of $784. I feel that the "Big Deal" was not considered part of the cost I had to incur (at best it was worth only $75, but even that I doubt). I basically spent $119 for the privilege of having them call me and schedule service. Plus I was charged an additional $100 (my guess is to make up for the $75 he "lost"). It all seemed very shady. Don't get me wrong, Michael seemed very knowledgeable regarding his line of work. He takes pride in his work, which I am sure is of good quality (we shall find out in a few years). He made it clear that he doesn't cut corners. I just feel that professionalism and transparency weren't all together there. Someone who takes pride in their work should always be transparent before doing the job (and not try to add cost at the end of the job without the customer's knowledge), and let the work speak for itself.