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Lena

07:11AM | 11/15/03
Member Since: 11/14/03
3 lifetime posts
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our furnace is bad,or so one company said, so the company that came to do the yearly manitence shut it off but we called some one else and they turned it back on, as they don't know about the first one turning it off or why, the second furnace man who put our back together and relit it, has a furnace like the first one, but for 700.00 lower in price, the reason being we think, is that the higher one is a Lennox, the other one is a Rheem. so what would you do? the higher priced one, only had a 10 year warranty on the heat exchange and 1 year on parts, the other guy who is 700.00 lower, the Rheem one, has 20 years on the heat exchange and 5 year on parts. so what to do.we did buy a carbon monoxide detector and it has not went off, so how would we know that it really is cracked? and how would we know we really need one? the furance is about 27 years old. and the second man with the cheaper one but with better warranty, says that the older ones like we have don't crack as much as newer ones.

toolcen2

04:32PM | 11/15/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
67 lifetime posts
There several factors to consider in your case.Not only price. You stated your furnace is 27 years old. Have you considered that you could replace with either of these and pay for the instillation in the savings on the enery efficentcy. Most all types now in the market field are at least 95 to 98 percent energy efficent. Also, you want to look at the amount of air conditioning this new unit will carry. If your old a c system is the same age, Now is the time to upgrade your ac as well, as the plenums and return air will have to be modified to accomaodat the new unit. You will see the savings both in heat and air, and not the price factor.

Lena

06:58PM | 11/15/03
Member Since: 11/14/03
3 lifetime posts
yes, but being on a fixed income and living in a small town with not a lot to choose from, I just wondered if it was necessary at this time, since it is working fine, and the carbon detector is not going off. and is there really can difference in the brands. It would be nice as we are at a 60% now to go to the 90's but it is not fesable at this time, and an 80 would do something anyway. I never thought of the A/c handling it and all. thanks for that, I will look into that.

michael1234

05:05PM | 11/17/03
Member Since: 11/16/03
5 lifetime posts
if your system has lasted 27 years it has served its purpose. i would replace the entire system(it needs it!). if you're on a fixed income go with an 80% furnace and 10 seer condensing unit. i normally would not recommend doing this, but in this case you would be getting a huge jump in energy savings. i believe Trane still has a 20 year warranty on their heat exchangers.

michael1234

05:09PM | 11/17/03
Member Since: 11/16/03
5 lifetime posts
one more thought for you. call your gas company to check for leaks on the heat exchanger. if it is bad, it will easily cost you more to replace it than it would to replace the entire furnace!

Lena

06:19PM | 11/17/03
Member Since: 11/14/03
3 lifetime posts
we had another company here in town come and they took it all apart and said there were no cracks in the heat element or anywhere else, they said it was in great shape for its age. they said that the only thing about a newer one, is the savings it would have since the new one would be a 80% or whatever we chose. I am really upset that the first guy really thought that I would just up and jump and buy a new one, and see, he took it apart and we had no heat friday, and would have went all weekend if I had not called someone to put it back together and turn it on. there really should be something some one could do about that.
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