Which heating system should I get?

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Old 01-10-19, 07:12 AM
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Which heating system should I get?

So guys, this old Thatcher Gas furnace stopped blowing air 2 days ago because the motor belt got busted which the tech replaced with a v-belt and it is up and running again.

However the Tech said would be best to get a new furnace since this one "can break down at any time" and doesn't make sense to keep spending money repairing this, that and the other every few years. For "peace of mind" and reliability I am thinking best to get a new one.

The current one shows 99000 btu, the heating output is good, I can't raise the thermostat to more than 75 degrees and only go that high on super cold and windy days otherwise I would need to open some windows:



This is a 2 family 60 year old house so not the best insulated. We don;t have much money so not being cheap so therefore I am looking into getting just a decent good one which will work for us.

So can you guys recommend brands and btu or any other specs I should shop around for please?
 
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Old 01-10-19, 10:32 AM
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Are you asking for a brand name ?

Replacing a furnace is not a DIY job and to that end I'd recommend getting three estimates
to replace it. The estimates you'll get will have the brand furnace that company carries.

I can list names but that wouldn't be of much help.
 
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Old 01-10-19, 10:35 AM
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Yes please, medium priced brand names and suggested btu for our purpose. I have a plumbing and heating friend who should be able to install so right now looking into a suitable heater first.
 
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Brand doesn’t really matter, the quality of the installation will determine how well the unit runs. If you do an online purchase it should be noted that you’ll likely get little to no warranty coverage.
It starts with a load calculation to determine sizing. There is no rule of thumb here.
This is a free version of manual J-
HVAC Load Calculation - Maunualj - Whole House Loadcalc
Bigger equipment is not better. And your old furnace is likely oversized.
 
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Old 01-10-19, 10:58 AM
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More than likely they'll get a Goodman furnace for you. You have a friend in the heating business.
Let him make a brand decision if he's getting it.
 
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No the friend won;t be getting it as he's in South Jersey and I'm in Queens, NY so I would need to purchase and have it on hand for whichever w/e he can visit to install but I will ask him tomorrow.

Yes, this old Thatcher unit is monstrous!
 
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Those furnaces were very dependable and will run until the chamber cracks. If this was my furnace, I would replace the fan/ limit control which is probably the problem with the fan not working. If the furnace chamber is not cracked or deteriorated the only thing you will gain by replacing it is a lower operating cost. The teck that said that this furnace can break down at any time is telling the truth but he forgot to mention that a new furnace needs much more service and is prone to breakdowns due the complexity of the new electronic controls. If you want a lower operating cost and have the money, go buy a new furnace otherwise repair this beast and enjoy the cost savings
 
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Well this scares me as i had thought that getting a new unit would mean at least some years of worry free operation. So then which would be better, to repair this old iron horse or get a new one if with the new one if I can expect breakdowns at any time?
 
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Old 01-12-19, 05:59 AM
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You did not ask this but let me say that in a colder climate like where you live the best money would be spent on; 1) wall and ceiling insulation. 2) windows 3) A new furnace in that order. Older furnaces are less efficient and usually require less attention than the newer high efficiency furnaces. There is nothing wrong with an old furnace that is used for heating only, as long as it is not defective in it's integrity and is safe to operate.
 
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Ok, got it, appreciate the help guys!
 
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