Figuring the Economic Life of an Asset [Equipment Replacement Strategies] is messy, even with a spreadsheet.Furnace about 6 years old.
repairs would be about $1500.00
You make an excellent point regarding the "dirty truth". Thanks for being quite candid on this issue. I have experienced it first hand and heard of having this tactic utilized on family and friends in the past.I would be suspect of two burned motors. Sounds like an "act of God" aka Power Surge. Had any other appliances fail?
The $1,500 is exactly why this forum exists, and why many contractors have black eyes. That is probably an arbitrary number invented to push you to decide on new.
Now, I am going to uncover the dirty truth. The two blowers for this furnace should be 60-L-21 for the blower motor, and 68-K-21 for the combustion blower. Collectively, my cost is about $250. You should expect to pay about double this amount, along with 2-3 hours of installation if you use a pro.
From what I can tell, there is nothing special about this blower motor. If it were a VS, then the numbers change, but my cost on that blower is $121.00 so I am betting garden variety blower set up.
Good luck with your decision.
I've seen a guy admit on TV that the price of a replacement part is designed to put you on the fence for repair or replace, and this price is ~half the cost of a new unit.That is probably an arbitrary number invented to push you to decide on new.