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Old 03-06-2011, 10:41 PM   #11
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Oh, dear, Goodweed, I feel your pain. Literally. Last weekend at 17 degrees, our heat gave out. It wouldn't be so bad, except that we'd had our heat specialist out several times to make sure we were good to go for the winter. I boiled water on all burners of the stove, and ran hot water through the house to keep our pipes from freezing. I'm a person who is a bit of an insomniac, so guess who spent all night making sure pipes didn't freeze and that our heating guys showed up first thing in the morning?

I will be so happy to see spring.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:47 PM   #12
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Good Luck, Goodweed!
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:59 PM   #13
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I have replaced every major part in my furnace this year myself.
Try Graingers first and try the generic parts.
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Good luck goodweed, try Craigslist, you never know.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #15
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I'm biting the bullet and going to get a loan to replace the furnace. It's past its prime by several years. Average life span for a furnace is about 20 years. I've got 27 on mine. Besides, tax breaks for next year will help offset the cost.

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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I'm biting the bullet and going to get a loan to replace the furnace. It's past its prime by several years. Average life span for a furnace is about 20 years. I've got 27 on mine. Besides, tax breaks for next year will help offset the cost.

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There ya go, GW. Sometimes it's best to "bite the bullet". If it's lasted that long, repair is a waste of money. Go ahead and spend the money on a new unit and just make sure you get some warranties for length of service.

I sympathise with you and this problem.

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Old 03-11-2011, 12:40 PM   #17
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I hope my post isn't too late to help you.

I lost my furnace due to water damage 2 years ago, coincidentally, same brand as yours and about 25 years old.

I made a list of the top brands of furnaces I would consider, Rheem, --two others, I can't remember the names anymore.
I called 3 furnace installers of those brands.
I had more than 3 options, even with top brands, quotes of $1900-$8500 depending on the contractor.

I had a Rheem installed for about $1900 in one day. I haven't had any trouble with it. The installer/contractor wanted to work everyday, hence his price, and was very down to earth. I'm glad I took the time to research my options at the time.

Best of luck in your situation, stay warm!
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I'm biting the bullet and going to get a loan to replace the furnace. It's past its prime by several years. Average life span for a furnace is about 20 years. I've got 27 on mine. Besides, tax breaks for next year will help offset the cost.

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Mine is about the same age. I have never worked on a furnace before but watched some youtube vids before I started. I replaced both fan motors and the ignitor and cleaned it really well for about 250 bucks. replacing would have been 4-5k. It is like new now.It was pretty easy.
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Mine is about the same age. I have never worked on a furnace before but watched some youtube vids before I started. I replaced both fan motors and the ignitor and cleaned it really well for about 250 bucks. replacing would have been 4-5k. It is like new now.It was pretty easy.
Everything on my existing furnace could be cleaned up and is already working, except for the part that failed. And that part just isn't available, anywhere. I've had three contractors search, as well as a very computer savvy SOL, and have put in many hours looking for the part myself. I've contacted the furnace manufacturer, and the manufacturer of the draft inducer that failed. I've also spoken with several knowledgeable friends.

That's why I'm replacing the furnace, and with a higher efficiency model.

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Old 03-12-2011, 02:38 AM   #20
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i find it very hard to believe that there's not enough hot air being blown around your house on a daily basis, gw!!!



lol, j/k, as you well know. i feel your pain with stuff breaking down. would you like to buy an old house with a million things busted in it in new jersey?

good luck with the new heating plant. may it give you 20 more years of trouble free heat, and more.
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