What furnace, should I purchase???


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Old 11-23-03, 07:54 PM
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What furnace, should I purchase???

Hello everyone!!!

Well we have a small ranch 1200 sq ft home here in Des Moines, ia. The furnace we have now = GE 80,000 btu is on the main level of our home, 4 ft crawl space below, the gas valve just gave out, we aren't in dire need, so we are investigating.

We have been looking at the Lennox, but it's not cheap!!!

We have Mid-American energy here also, we need them for financing and their energy star rebates, so keep this in mind!!!

Does anybody have any suggestions???

Thanks!!!

Mark
 
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Old 11-24-03, 04:46 AM
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The important part is the install. Get a few bids from differant contractors selling furnaces that have been around for a while. Rheem, Trane, Carrier, American Standard, Lennox.

Be sure they do a heat load calculation to properly size the system.
 
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Old 11-24-03, 06:25 AM
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Heat load calc

Well,

He never did a heat load calc, the salesman from the experienced dealership.

I wasn't here, but asked the wife and didn't ask about insulation, nor did he look at windows.

I wonder, if I need a bigger furnace than he recommended? He recommended the G61 @ 44,000 btu.
 
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Old 11-24-03, 06:58 AM
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Id get 3 bids on this furnace job. As far north as you are you could look into a furnace with a 90 AFUE . They should do a heat loss.Also you could think about how that furnace you have ran.If that was a 80,000 btu in, the old ones put out about 50% 60% So a new one with a input of 44,000 btu could be small for your home ED
 
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Old 11-24-03, 12:38 PM
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Had 2nd bid come out

He said he wouldn't replace the furnace, because it was just a bad gas valve!

He gave us an approx quote of $200 to fix. He also said our furnace was probably 50-60 % efficent, It was put in our home when it was built, 1983, G.E.

Any opinions

Thanks!!!
 
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Old 11-24-03, 01:26 PM
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It's all up to you Id ,say how are the $$$ for now.if you went to an 80% AFUE now you would save about 20% on fuel. Would the pay back be ok for you???????????????? Keep a clean filter in it that will save you $$ ED
 
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Old 11-24-03, 07:50 PM
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Ed,

Thanks for the advice!!! We will get this one fixed, money is tight right now!!! Thanks for the advice about out filter, how often, should we change it?

What other preventative maintenance measures should we do?

What is the Best value for the money, keep in mind, we have a furnace on our same level ranch and quiet would be nice!!!

Thanks again for the advice, we may look into buying a new one next year.
 
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Old 11-25-03, 05:55 AM
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Change your filter once a month.

While you have the HVAC tech there have him do a good cleaning and safety check. This is something that should be done annually.
 
 

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