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Old 01-10-2010, 07:29 PM   #46
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whos bashing brands here?did you not read my post about him calling goodman an inferior brand? all i did was mentioned some of the problems other brands have to level the playing field here,install whatever you want ! i work on all brands it dont matter to me what is but for residential gas furnaces and heat pumps i personally believe the goodman is just as good if not better than any of the brands he calls superior

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Type of unit: Heil GasPack
Age: 11 years old
Warranty: 10 years
Heated area of home: 1300 sq ft.
Age of house: 50 years (built 1959)

Sequence of events:
1. 1998: GasPack installed
2. 2002: I buy the house
3. 2009, December: Stops heating
4. 2009, December: I pay large company $89 to inform me that a safety switch has been triggered, which effectively shuts the unit down
5. 2009, December: Safety switch is reset, heat works fine.
6. 2009, December: Same company inspects unit and informs me that heat exchanger is rusted thru, which I verify to be true (I keep heat off to avoid CO poisoning)
7. 2009, December: Plan to make it thru winter without HVAC heat and reevaluate next winter.
8. 2009, January: Too cold. Decide to purchase new heat exchanger from Searspartsdirect.com for $350 and have licensed Craigslist guy install for $250.
9. 2009, January: Part is on B/O. Debating whether or not to purchase whole new unit.

So my questions are:

1. Should I repair or replace?
2. If replace, which brand should I get? Goodman is cheap, but would like to have a Carrier, Trane, Lennox or some other “high quality” brand.
3. If replace, how should I go about getting this done properly? (Correct sizing, quality install, etc…)

Thanks in advance! Feel free to heckle

Nick.
this whole post began with bashing a certain brand of equipment
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:40 PM   #48
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he just posted his tracking of troubles and repair expenses.


We all should be proud of the brand we sell.
Just not too prideful when we sing its praises.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:05 PM   #49
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im not too proud of anything except the work i do! do you drink,im ready to buy you a beer and i dont even drink!
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I drink very little anymore.
I tend to sometimes forget when its time to leave a bar if I go out.

But, I'll let you buy me one anyways.
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Sorry, this is my first post and didn't realize there were 3 more pages of replies. I see you had the cl man do the fix. Below is what i wrote before realizing the next 3 pages of posts:

If the front of your furnace area is rusted you'll need more than an exchanger.

I have the same unit, installed in 93. My exchanger just popped the roll-out switch last week. I replaced the roll out switch only to have it pop again. Pulled out the blower fan and found 5 holes in the 4 pipes of the exchanger. Not that i'm suggesting this, but i sealed them up with some Inferno 2000 deg F. I found it at AutoZone in the muffler repair section. It's basically a cold-weld that after a 4 hour cure and a 10-minute burn-in, becomes hi-temp resistant metal. Again, i'm not suggesting you perform unless you're mechanical and understand both how your heating system works and how the repair works. I bonded mine 3 days ago and yesterday opened the windows and cranked the heat for an hour to let the metal compound off-gas the chemicals.

BTW- since i've had my house, 7 yrs: I've had to bypass the compressor anti-cycle timer & replace the condenser fan motor --- so you have some more things coming.

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hvaclover, OH There you are I thought you got sucked into a big fan somewhere or some homeowner stopped over to say hello to you.

Missed your Picture. I'm a scare -d-cat.
Hell ....nobody knows my real name or where I live.
Even my IP number is disguised

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