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bcdinh 10-01-2013 05:12 PM

15 year old furnace help?
 
Hi,

I have a 15 years old furnace and a tech told me the heat exchanger is cracked. He told me that I need to get a furnace replace b/c it's a health issue. Should I look into a new furnace or get a new heat exchanger? I don't anticipate to live in the house. I'm selling the house. The furnace run fine.

Thank you in advance for everyone opinion!

raylo32 10-01-2013 05:27 PM

Health risk is an understatement. More like death risk.

You'd have to get a quote to compare the repair cost to a new furnace. If I was going to be living there it would be a no-brainer to replace that old a furnace. The math might be a little different as you are selling... the quotes will tell you. But you can't leave it as is.

How did he determine it was cracked?

ben's plumbing 10-01-2013 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bcdinh (Post 1248459)
Hi,

I have a 15 years old furnace and a tech told me the heat exchanger is cracked. He told me that I need to get a furnace replace b/c it's a health issue. Should I look into a new furnace or get a new heat exchanger? I don't anticipate to live in the house. I'm selling the house. The furnace run fine.

Thank you in advance for everyone opinion!

sometimes its worth getting a 2nd opinion even if your selling the house ....based on experience if it is bad replace it....ben sr

biggles 10-01-2013 07:34 PM

call the stat in for heat with the service switch at the furnace off...sit in fron of it and toggle in ON....the main burner comes on note the flame just before the fan comes ON...if the flame waves after the fan comes on the supply air is entering the burner thru cracks...so that means carbon monoxide is entering the house.the home inspection is going to pick it up and could kill a sale...forget the change out get a new furnace

ahrens 10-01-2013 07:47 PM

For a 15 year old furnace, In my opinion not worth it to put a new H/E in. Put in a new furnace, it will help with the sale of the house as well

COLDIRON 10-02-2013 05:57 AM

I would replace the furnace with 15 years use. I think I would feel obligated to the new owner to start ownership with a nice new furnace trouble free(maybe) for many years. Plus it's a good selling feature.

PoleCat 10-02-2013 06:55 AM

My furnace is 42 years old and the heat exchanger looks great on it. I would get another opinion.

bcdinh 10-02-2013 10:31 AM

thank you everyone!

Technow 10-02-2013 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1248644)
My furnace is 42 years old and the heat exchanger looks great on it. I would get another opinion.

His is only 15 years old and they don't build them like they used to.

On a 15 year old Modern furnace....spending money on a second opinion is just adding onto total bill.

Get free estimates for replacement.

Had a customer last month.....kept telling him at 17 years old we should do the furnace too with his dead AC. Start the job, pull the coil off...every cell had a 3" crack in it....and it didn't happen yesterday. He paid for us to STOP work/order/pickup/install a new furnace instead of following recommendations.

Been out on calls where a furnace is only 9 years old and cracked=bad ductwork and airflow.

hvac5646 10-02-2013 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by PoleCat (Post 1248644)
My furnace is 42 years old and the heat exchanger looks great on it. I would get another opinion.

and you would trade gas bills in a second with someone who owns a new furnace.:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

COLDIRON 10-02-2013 12:08 PM

Hey polecat time to replace that 42 year old fuel eater. Give me fuel give me fuel , Yum Yum.

yuri 10-02-2013 12:44 PM

Aw Cmon. at 42 yrs it is part of the family. my customers dog died and he was beside himself. I like dogs and said why not get another dog, a pup always livens people up. looks at me like I shot him. says when your grandfather dies you don't just go replace him do you? same with the old 42 yr old furnace. sentiment gets to people.:yes::laughing:

yuri 10-02-2013 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bcdinh (Post 1248459)
Hi,

I have a 15 years old furnace and a tech told me the heat exchanger is cracked. He told me that I need to get a furnace replace b/c it's a health issue. Should I look into a new furnace or get a new heat exchanger? I don't anticipate to live in the house. I'm selling the house. The furnace run fine.

Thank you in advance for everyone opinion!

The heat exchanger job may cost 2/3 of a new furnace cost so for better resale you may be better off with the cheapest Goodman or whatever brand furnace you can get. some had 20 yr warranties but the cheap ones had 10, labor is not included. would need to contact the manufacturer or see the owners manual/warranty card for that info.

Post the brand name and model # and serial # and we may be able to help.

FClef 10-02-2013 02:11 PM

Well, death is definitely a health risk.

Did the technician show you the cracks? If I could see cracks on a heat exchanger I always show the customer what I am looking at. As far as a second opinion goes, replacing the furnace will cost a few thousand, a second opinion may run you $100 or so... it is your wallet, but if the extra $100 for the second opinion to find out if he is right or wrong isn't worth it to you then by all means, get that thing replaced.

yuri 10-02-2013 02:16 PM

I ALWAYS show the customer the crack(s) and then we let them get the gas authority to look at it if they don't trust us or feel comfy. The problem U may have is the 2nd guy may not find the crack if it is hard 2 find and then you are in a confused state. If he showed them 2 U then fine but getting a 2nd opinion is no guarantee unless the 2nd guy finds it 2. sometimes they send an inexperienced guy while the 1st one really did know his stuff. At 15 yrs I would lean 2 a new furnace.


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