hi all, well as luck would have it, my furnace croaked. i had someone look at it, and they told me what i figured they would, DOA. it looks to have killed the heat exchanger [odor, soot, when the fan comes on it'll blow smoke out of the 'inspection hole', shuts itself off, and just plain sounded strange, and it's 18 years old].
i guess my biggest question is, what does a quality furnace 'go for'? so far i only have one quote, but it seems pretty high to me, $3250 installed for a 100k BTU thermo-pride, as an auto tech by trade, it looks to me like all the install consists of is dragging it down cellar, fabbing a new plenum, and tweaking the fuel delivery. the service tech told me for around $1700 i could buy it and install it myself, then have them tweak it for a small fee, does this sound right?
don't get me wrong, i value service and a good tech, but i hate to waste money at the same time [especialy money i don't really have].
also, how does one figure out what BTU furnace one should have? the tech told me the one we have wasn't really 'big' enough for what we needed, yet for the last 9 years we have been here, the fuel consumption [compared to friends i talked to] didn't seem excessive.
another thing that caught my attention was the seeming secrecy as to retail prices on a furnace, being in the automotive field i know there is a markup on everything right down the line, but i have yet to find any sort of pricing on any kind of furnace on-line [to this point anyway].
anyway, sory for the novel, but i want to be informed before i lay out my hard earned cash, if i gotta pay, i gotta pay, i just don't want to get taken, so i figure the more i can learn, the better.
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