Labor cost for Heat Exchanger Replacement

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Old 11-05-08, 12:03 PM
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Labor cost for Heat Exchanger Replacement

Area = Huntersville, NC Avg Low in winter is low 30s
House= 2400 sq ft. "L shaped" brick ranch w/ crawlspace
Unit = 13 year old Trane XL nat gas/AC in one unit on slab outside

Rusty/cracked heat exchanger needs replacement and plan to replace it. I plan to move within 2 years so will pass on whole new unit cost to new owner.

heat exchanger is under warranty so only cost is labor and possibly shipping.

What's a reasonable quote for this job? Also, what other items would I expect to have failed by now (draft blower replaced 3yrs ago). Great forum guys n gals! - Thanks.
 
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Cost of labor tends to vary from area to area and among furnace repair persons. Trane has independent dealers/repair persons. According to Trane, "You can find a list of local independent Trane dealers in the Yellow Pages, or type in your zip code in our Dealer Locator for a partial list of independent Trane dealers in your area. You can also call toll free (866) GET-A-Trane for a list of Trane Comfort Specialists in your area."


Keep in mind that there will likely be a possible service call charge and perhaps mileage charge. Too, once the repair person arrives, he/she may find other problems that need to be addressed on this older unit. According to Trane, a gas furnace or air handler may last longer than 10-12 years.

Due to age of unit, Trane suggests that you might want to consider a full service call to include cleaning indoor and outdoor coils, tightening electrical connections, checking supply voltage and operating current, checking refrigerant charge, measuring temperature differential at supply and return registers, cleaning blower wheel and motor, inspecting and adjusting burner, checking heat exchangers, cleaning drain lines and pan, checking ductwork for leaks and insulation, and checking thermostat.

Check your warranty. According to Trane, "Trane 80 percent gas furnaces have an original limited warranty that covers the heat exchangers for twenty (20) years (parts only) and internal functional parts for five (5) years (parts only). Your installing independent Trane dealer is responsible for any warranty part replacement labor for the first year.

Trane 90+ percent gas furnaces have an original limited warranty that covers the heat exchangers (parts only) for the lifetime of the original owner or twenty (20) years for a successive owner and internal functional parts for five (5) years (parts only). Your installing independent Trane dealer is responsible for any warranty part replacement labor for the first year."

For more info: Clean Air Systems, Air Handlers, Air Conditioning Equipment, HVAC - FAQ : Trane Residential
 
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Trane Customer Svc?

Thank you Trane Customer Service.

What I'm really looking for is cost, as in number of dollars. Surely there are others on the board that have done this repair and paid a pro to do it. I understand "prices may vary" and there are warranties in play, as I mentioned in my opening post. If you have a cost number for your area I'll do the legwork on comparing price indicies to understand how that translates into something comparable in my area. Bottom line, I'm really looking for comparing facts and numbers, not policies and how to contact a repairman from the yellow pages.
 
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I have changed a heat exchanger on this model. If there is ample room on the sides and back of the furnace, (say 12 inches) then it should take 4-6 hours. If there is less room, the furnace may have to be removed and reinstalled taking 6-10 hours. Assuming labor rates will be between 40 and 70 dollars per hour, you can come up with a ballpark figure. I would probably give a quote of 500 dollars for this job.
 
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