Replace the furnace or fix the old one?
March 7, 2014 8:44 AM Subscribe
We had our furnace inspected yesterday. It's worked fine all winter. We were told we have a bad heat exchanger. We were encouraged to buy a whole, new furnace for $10K. Our preference is to ride it out with the old furnace for another few years and replace it when it is convenient for us. Does that make sense?
posted by clarkstonian to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We've lived in our house for a little over a decade. We bought it new. We currently have a high-efficiency, zoned Bryant furnace. It has given us quite a bit of trouble over the time we've been here, but it's been running reliably for the past couple of years and done a remarkably good job during this brutal winter.
Yesterday, we had our annual furnace checkup and were unhappily surprised to learn one of the two heat exchangers has gone bad. We were told you can't replace one exchanger, you have to replace both. The cost is $1,300.
Instead of making the repairs, we were encouraged to buy a new furnace. We were told this Bryant is unreliable, the replacement parts are low quality and hard to get, and we'd be throwing good money after bad. .
The furnace we have is 90% efficient. It heats well. We talked it over, and our plan right now is to make the repairs, keep this furnace for a while and then replace it with a really good one.
Do we really need a new furnace right now? What would you do? When do you NEED to replace a furnace?