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acuteot 11-20-2008 08:16 PM

Are these good products?
 
We're in the process of buying a home, and the home inspector basically said that we need a new furnace and a/c. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the following units and approximately how much they cost.

The furnace is an Amana AMH 9590 90k BTU, 2 stage, 95% efficient gas furnace.

The a/c is an Amana ASX 14042 3.5 ton 14+ SEER A/C unit.

Total cost to install everything would be about $6300.

Does this sound right?

Thanks.

Marvin Gardens 11-20-2008 09:07 PM

Sounds reasonable.

beenthere 11-21-2008 05:55 AM

Sounds ok.
Is the current owner knocking money off toward the new furnace.

acuteot 11-21-2008 06:05 AM

Thanks for your answers.

Not a penny. We're pretty much getting a great deal on the house, because its a fixer upper - hence I'll probably be on here a bit :)

beenthere 11-21-2008 06:10 AM

Have you thought about, making insulation, and infiltration improvements fist, before getting the new furnace.

By cutting down on the amount of heat the house needs, and getting the proper sized furnace, you can save a lot on your heating bill.
And also on the cooling bill if you have A/C.

acuteot 11-23-2008 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 188062)
Have you thought about, making insulation, and infiltration improvements fist, before getting the new furnace.

By cutting down on the amount of heat the house needs, and getting the proper sized furnace, you can save a lot on your heating bill.
And also on the cooling bill if you have A/C.

Yes, we're getting all of our windows replaced. We're also putting in insulation in the attic in the few places that there is some missing.

The current furnace is only a 55% efficient furnace, and I just can't bear the thought of having something so inefficient. I feel like all the above changes will really cut the heating bill and save me in the long run.

beenthere 11-23-2008 07:11 AM

Do your improvements first.
Your current system may only be 55 ot 65% AFUE, but, when its cold out, and it runs for long periods of time, its far more efficient. More like 70 to 75% AFUE. And its SSE is more like 78 to 80%.

After the improvements are made to the house. You can have the proper sized system installed, and not pay for short cycling inefficiencies.

acuteot 11-23-2008 07:14 AM

There are other factors as well. The previous owner completely neglected the furnace, and had years ago removed the air filter only to never put it back. So all this condensation has built into the actual furnace. Also, its over 13 years old, so I figure it'll probably die soon anyway.

Additionally, we're doing all this before we even move in (there are other updates we're making to the house, so we're letting them do that before we move in), so I figured we should just get it all done and out of the way.


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