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Old 07-28-2010, 02:45 PM   #1
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cost to replace return boot and filter box.....


Ugh I got an estimate to replace the Return boot and vertical stack that runs up to the horizontal return duct along with putting a media filter in... they want $1,500 to do it.... that seriously cant be that much can it? I got a second estimate that was similar.....

I was going to do it myself until I couldn't find anyone in my area that sold return boots and plenum directly to the customer.... found a couple places online but none of them would ship to me... but going by online the plenum and boot was about $200 and themedia air filter box and filter was $195... so $1,100 in labor?

am I being ripped off big time with these quotes? or should I keep searching for a place to buy the boot and plenum from?
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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cost to replace return boot and filter box.....


ugh I just want to do this myself just got the third quote for $1,000 to do this.....


why can't I find anyone that sells return boots and 24x10 plenum....
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:16 PM   #3
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Lots of online sites do. And they ship them also.

keep looking.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:37 PM   #4
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cost to replace return boot and filter box.....


Sounds a little rich to me.
Either that, or my rates are too low.
Any custom metal shops nearby?
I get this type of request from time to time.
Everybody wins.
The customer takes it home to install, I make a bit of $ to fabricate.
There is a big difference between my fabricate price and fabricate/install price.
Good luck.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:19 PM   #5
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Ugh I got an estimate to replace the Return boot and vertical stack that runs up to the horizontal return duct along with putting a media filter in... they want $1,500 to do it.... that seriously cant be that much can it? I got a second estimate that was similar.....

I was going to do it myself until I couldn't find anyone in my area that sold return boots and plenum directly to the customer.... found a couple places online but none of them would ship to me... but going by online the plenum and boot was about $200 and themedia air filter box and filter was $195... so $1,100 in labor?

am I being ripped off big time with these quotes? or should I keep searching for a place to buy the boot and plenum from?
There is a local place here that does that called do-it-yourself heating and cooling. But I'm on the West coast.. You should look for sheet metal fabricators in the yellow pages and just start calling around..

Here is a link to my thread which may give you some insight..

If you can find a source for sheet metal, you can get a pop-rivit tool and a hand metal bender and build it yourself..

Duct work re-design for Heat Pump addition

Another bit of advice would be to locate a johnstone supply and do a cash sale with them..

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Old 08-06-2010, 08:50 AM   #6
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cost to replace return boot and filter box.....


well got a last estimate and this guy seems in my range.....

$250 for the media filter
$190 for the boot and return stack
$75 an hour for work (this could be variable... 1 hour minimum)
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