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Old 11-21-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
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Hello to these forums. I was told by my service man that it 's time to replace my furnace. It was installed in 1978 and has been having major problems the last few years. Most of the parts have been replaced already, and I recall last year that he suggested to replace the "firebox" or "combustion chamber" this year. Recently there were more issues and he came to get it started again. Got it going but he had a heck of a time and when he got it started he was trying to get the flame adjusted but he couldn't get it the way he wanted. So he checked the flue going up through the roof, and he almost fell off the ladder by what he saw...He said the pipes weren't the correct ones to use and the cap was also not the right one. He finally suggested a complete replacement of the furnace and the flue, all of it. Now because of something to do with the flame he was trying to adjust, we can't use the furnace at all. (Something to do with carbon monoxide poisoning). ANYWAYS---my query is about pricing. We have fuel assistance and I was told the Office of Housing should pay for a new furnace. (I pray they do...) but if not how much should it cost approximately??? Sorry for the long post... From what I can see, it's a Miller Model MOC-80-1 Kerosene Forced-Air Furnace


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Old 11-21-2009, 12:07 PM   #2
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We don't do pricing here as we don't know where you live, cost of living in your area etc.


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Old 11-21-2009, 02:21 PM   #3
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As a DIY site. Pricing of installed equipment isn't talked about. Since it isn't anything to do with DIY.

Housing Assistance may pay for all, or part of it.
Or, they may loan you the money at no interest, or use a grant.
There are several ways they can/may do it.

You must call them and find out.
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:19 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Davy83 View Post
It was installed in 1978
how much should it cost approximately???
Miller Model MOC-80-1 Kerosene Forced-Air Furnace[/I][/B]
Your furnace has outlasted 3/4ths of HVAC equip.

Unless you're Bill Gates, price influences the decision process.
Since quality is hard to figure, and price and quality are mostly uncorrelated, price may be the only decision factor.

Look in
for a price for a comparable furnace.

See if you can find out how many hours an install takes and then multiply by $100 or $200.

RS Means publishes times and ZIPcode-corrected costs to do many construction tasks, and maybe there is an equivalent flat rate manual for commercial or resi. HVAC work.

If you can get at least 5 resi. install prices and their locations off the Internet I can fill in the gaps to some level of likelihood. That's how I know how many HVAC units your furnace has outlived.
The more samples, the less uncertainty regarding the price you pay.
Austin, TX is cheap and Honolulu is costly.

In any case the Office of Housing has, or should have, typical prices [or a formula/software like the IRS has, to detect possible tax return audit candidates] so they can tell if you're/they're getting ripped off.

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Old 11-21-2009, 03:46 PM   #5
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Look at replacing it with a Thermo-pride trailer furnace- same price (or cheaper) than a miller-
comes with lifetime warrentee on the heat exchanger and 10 years on parts!!
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:35 AM   #6
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Thank you all enormously for your input and help with my situation. I will be calling the Office of Housing on Mon morn. I've truly been lucky that the weather isn't too cold right now...not the norm here in Western Massachusetts. I pray my stove holds up in the meantime,lol!


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