The repairman is an NPC that will repair broken objects and unclog the toilet. He/She visits only once when called from the Service menu on the phone and leaves once everything is fixed. In The Sims and The Sims 2, he/she will also leave if he/she is unable to reach the broken object.
In the console version of The Sims 2 Pets, the repairman is renamed as Repair Woman (console versions) and Repair Person (PSP Version). In the PC and Mac versions of The Sims 2, and in The Sims Stories, each neighborhood has three repairman NPCs, who may be male or female.
The repairman fixes:
- Plumbing: such as clogged toilets, leaking showers, bathtubs, sinks, and garden sprinklers, and broken hot tubs.
- Appliances: such as dishwashers, trash compactors, toaster ovens, and microwaves.
- Electronics: including computers, television sets and stereos, robots, and Servos
Sometimes the repairman will not have ANY mechanical skill.
In The Sims, the repairman is an NPC named Repairman Bruno. He can be called at any time by using the "Services..." menu on a phone, and selecting "Repairman". He charges §50 per hour, and will come whenever he is called.
In addition to fixing plumbing, electronics, and appliances, he will also change burned-out light bulbs.
The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories
In The Sims 2, repair service costs §50 per hour, plus a base fee of §10. While a repairman can be called at any time by using the Call... option on a phone and selecting Service, repair service is not available around the clock, as it is in other games. Instead, a repairman will work between 09:00 and 17:00 (5:00 pm).
For same-day service, it's best to call before 13:00 (1:00 pm). After that, the later the call, the more likely it is that the repairman won't come until the next morning, even if called before 17:00 (5:00 pm).
In addition to fixing plumbing, electronics, and appliances, a repairman will also tune pianos.
Each neighborhood, except for the Tutorial neighborhood, has three pre-made repairmen, who may be male or female. In most neighborhoods, the mix is two males and one female, but Desiderata Valley has two females and one male, and all pre-made repairmen in Belladonna Cove are male.
The Sims 3
In The Sims 3, clicking on a broken object gives the option to "Call Repairman." The repairman will charge §50/hour.
The exceptions are in Moonlight Bay, where there are 4 repairmen, 2 male, 2 female, and Barnacle Bay, where there are two repairwomen.
The Sims 4
Repairmen were not included in the initial release of The Sims 4, but were re-added in patch 26. They charge a base price of §100 for coming over, plus an additional §10/hour. As in The Sims 3, clicking on a broken object gives the option to call a repairman.
- In The Sims: Bustin' Out (GBA) and The Urbz: Sims in the City (GBA and DS), Sims can get free repairs by leaving before the repairman finishes repairing the object.
- In The Sims 2, Sims with little or no Mechanical skill can repair broken sinks, showers, and bathtubs, though it'll take longer. If a sink, shower, or tub breaks during the evening or at night, it'll get fixed sooner if the Sims do it themselves than if they wait for the repairman.
- In The Sims 2: University, objects in a dormitory are immune to breakdowns and never need to be repaired.
- In The Sims 2: Open for Business, the repairman will not turn off a broken RoverBot or HoverBot.
- In The Sims: Bustin' Out, there has been known to be a problem with the 9 screen TV. The repairman will not leave unless the TV is off (the player may need to do turn it off repeatedly). It does not happen with other TVs.
List of Repairmen