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Old December 21st, 2008, 11:25 PM   #1
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Last week, my furnace started acting up by randomly not igniting, traced it down to the controller not enabling the gas (relay was failing), so replaced the controller and the furnace started working again.

Tonight the combustion blower stopped working, 4 mfd run cap decided to fail, I pulled a 7.5 mfd from another motor, wired it up, and we have heat for tonight.

This furnace is old and tired, (16 years old), looking to replace it, this furnace is York, Natural Gas, mid/high eff, 100,000 BTU.

What is a good brand? What is a good price installed?
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Old December 21st, 2008, 11:46 PM   #2
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Call around (if you can hold out that long) get some estamates put togather, then make them work aginst each other so you get a better price. I did this 2 years ago by calling the company I wanted to do it, but were out of my price range and telling them " thanks for the estamate, but Im gonna have this guy do it" They ended up matching his price.

I got a Carrier Mid eff unsure on the BTU's Cost $2500 parts and labor
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As far as brands, I have stuck to either Comfort Maker, Goodman, ArcoAire, Rheem, those have all been great units and the prices are very reasonable.

As far as what it would cost you, that is all relevant mostly to what all needs to be done to install it in your hosue. And if you are putting AC in also.

FYI, York just came out with a new High E Furnace, something like 99%!! I bet it's expensive though.
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I put a Goodman furnace is in my house. I installed it myself and it's worked great for the last 3 years. I think I had around 1300 into the job when I was done. It's around 70,000 BTU range. The only reason I didn't upgrade to 100,000 was because I didn't want to change the vents to 3" PVC. I was surprised, I didn't expect goodman to hold up but it has held up well.
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I work for a Lennox dealer so I am biased towards them, regardless of the brand if it's not installed properly it will not last, I'd rather have a perfectly installed goodman then a hacked in Lennox or Carrier. Most of your brands will have multiple lines, builders model, mid grade, upper grade, premium, and sometimes a super duper premium. Make sure you know what your getting. I would suggest a two stage model, you will get longer run times but at a lower firing rate, running longer at a lower rate will keep the temp in the house more even thus more comfortable. I recommend a good media filter for every furnace, you wouldn't drive your truck with a piece of crap air filter in it, why would you run your furnace with one? If you want to be able to run the blower a lot for air filtration, humidification, or just want the air circulation then look into a variable speed blower, it uses a more efficient DC motor for the blower.

Price wise you could be under 2k for a basic unit with no extras or over 5k for top of the line with all the goodies, my suggestion would be a two stage unit with an air cleaner, pretty much in the middle price wise.

Any questions shoot me a PM, and no I don't want a side job.


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BTW, I bought a 96,000 96% efficiency furnace online at www.alpinehomeair.com
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Thanks everyone for all the input. I talked to Curt earlier, great guy, very knowledgeable, I have some options I need to think over.
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