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Old 01-16-2013, 11:40 PM   #31
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Follow-up - Had New Furnace Installed

Wanted to follow-up and thank you guys for the advice.

I went ahead and had a Bryant 925T 80k BTU, 96.2% HE furnace installed. It was installed yesterday, but when they went to start it at the end of the day it wouldn't start. The installer said the problem was the gas valve (I think that's what it's called - it's the part in the furnace that releases the gas). They had to order a replacement, so no heat for the night. He came back first thing this morning with an OEM replacement from Bryant, installed it, and same problem. After troubleshooting further, he said the problem was that when I finished the other side of the basement recently, I somehow pinched the thermostat wire. At least that's what he said was the cause. Not sure I totally believe it, cus the old single-stage thermostat worked fine (it was the furnace itself that was the problem). But perhaps with the new 2 stage thermostat one of the unused wires from before was pinched and it didn't matter with the single stage unit? Regardless, once he ran new thermostat wiring it started right up and is running well since.

The finished job looks very professional.

The thermostat that was listed on the invoice/estimate was a Honeywell 4000 but they wound up installing a Honeywell TH6220. I looked online and it appears to be an upgrade, so I didn't complain.

So, in the end, here is what I got and how much it cost me. Note that I'm in the Philadelphia, PA suburbs:

Bryant 925TA8080E17
80K BTU, 96.2% HE furnace
Honeywell TH6220 thermostat
10 year parts + Lifetime Heat Exchanger from Bryant
2 years labor and service through the contractor
All labor/parts per code (example: they had to run a small chimney liner for the hot water heater) for everything cost $4400. I was originally quoted $4600, but another Bryant dealer quoted me $4700 but they had a $200 off coupon so this dealer matched that.
Plus, I'll be getting another $300 back from the utility company due to a rebate.

I saw online that list price on the furnace (one of the suppliers exposed the price, probably mistakenly, to google) is just over $3500. I imagine that's probably higher than actual but considering the amount of work it took to install it, for 2 guys, I'm confident I got a very fair price.

I must say - I had considered getting a Goodman unit and putting it in myself (along with my HVAC licensed but inexperienced brother). After watching the installation by these 2 guys, I don't think my brother and I could have done it. At least not well. If we did it would have taken twice the time, at best. Plus I would have had to pay a chimney guy to re-line it for the orphaned water heater. So in the end I'm glad I got a pro and am glad it's over and I no longer have the old rusted out furnace going "boom" once a week due to it filling up with gas after not igniting consistently. It's been a nerve-wracking month : )

Thanks again.


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Old 01-17-2013, 12:15 AM   #32
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yes that $3500 is much higher than our whole sale list price but whatever. id say you did get a very good price considering that furnace, that thermostat, plus lining the chimney. i also think its good that you went with a pro. i think you will be much happier with the pro install (no offense).


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