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Old 12-01-2010, 06:11 AM   #1
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The best source for 2nd hand furnaces?

I posted yesterday, "Choosing a heater for the garage" in which I told of our garage upgrade & pondering the options of heating it: non-vented (cheap, easy but have to poke holes in our walls and adding moisture to our garage space) or direct vented (great but more expensive) and the idea of using a second hand furnace.

From the replies, I gather that people do install and use 2nd hand furnaces just fine but was warned I need to know if I was getting a good one or not. Well that's a kicker in that I know little about furnaces and the main things I would go on would be its age and how it looks (clean, care-for).

We recently switched our tenants' electric range for a gas one (the goal fro the project was to open up electric capacity for the garage and while making the hook-up for the stove, we had a line sent out to the garage for a heater/furnace. After looking at new gas stoves I went to the locally owned appliance store and scored a sweet 2nd hand Amana enclosed burner stove, only 2 years old and barely used, for $225.

Anyway I brought that up because not only I got a better deal from the local company than I could have on Craigslist but it had been completely checked and tested by their repair shop as well. This makes me wonder if I could do something similar for my garage heat. Would a HVAC company be a good source for a 2nd hand furnace?


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Old 12-01-2010, 06:39 AM   #2
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Here in Chicago one source is "demolition sales", for example, I've bought a lot of stuff at these over the years.

There are a lot fewer of these than there used to be, but you still do find some recently installed furnaces and boilers.


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