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02-16-2016 06:18 PM  4 years ago
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RayJayJohnsonJr

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Gotta buy a new furnace
Crap. Just trying to get a feel of what folks like or like to stay away from. Going with LP gas.
There, their and they're. It's really that simple.
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02-16-2016 06:33 PM  4 years ago
spaceman spiff

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I have a buddy who teaches HVAC in Chicago. He got a high efficiency furnace. i dont know the brand. He says it definitely is worth the extra cost.

Expect aproximately 20% lower fuel cost.
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02-16-2016 08:12 PM  4 years ago
banshee rider

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Just like a rc heli go with a name brand that is available in your area I have a carrier but I don't think its better than any other brand

High efficiency furnaces cost a lot more than others and it takes quite some time to recoup the initial cost before you will see a savings

They also have a lot more parts an computer controls that go out at the most inopportune times

When I had a new furnace put in 2 years ago the installer
said unless I plan on living here for a least another 10 years
not to waste my money as I wouldn't recoup the savings
ageing is manditory maturity is optional
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02-16-2016 08:29 PM  4 years ago
spaceman spiff

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Armstrong is the brand he used. Here is a price list of some of the available models.

http://www.webhvac.com/2012/06/arms...ace-price-list/

Top of the line for a 110 KBTU is 3000$. The more standard equiped ones of the same BTU size are 1600$

Have a look tward the lower end of the price scale. There is a jump from a standard 110K BTU 80% to a 95% for only a couple hundred $. The higher models have the efficiency, but also a number of cool features.
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02-16-2016 09:52 PM  4 years ago
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If you have basic mechanical skills you can install it yourself and save a ton of money. It is very simple.
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02-16-2016 10:03 PM  4 years ago
Johnboyrc

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In 2012 I had a new furnace put in, Gibson 60000btu two stage. I think its either 95or 97 % eff. THe furnace and installation was under 2 grand. For NW WI, it does a good job. Used fuel oil (100,000btu) before this, doesn't cost as much for heating for the year now. If your in the Midwest check out a two stage.
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02-16-2016 10:22 PM  4 years ago
balsabasher

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I would look at the ones in the 92-95% efficiency range. The two stage heating/cooling ones will save you money and may provide more comfortable conditions, if you can spend the extra cost. The installing/servicing company is more important then the brand name on the furnace door. All manufacturers made good and not so good models. Find a local trusted contractor. They will guide you to a reliable model that they can service and get parts for. Normally on their truck, or at the shop, or a close parts warehouse. Speed of repair is very important when your HVAC equipment is down!! Blades; what goes around, comes around!
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02-16-2016 10:55 PM  4 years ago
Rodney Kirstine

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I replaced mine last year with a Carrier. The 90%+ efficient ones aren't always the best choice depending on the size of your house. In my case, I ended up going with two-stage one in the mid 80% efficiency range. The installer put together a few different packages and was able to show me the estimated annual cost for each one. Over the expected life of the furnace, I wouldn't have ever hit payback on a 90% efficient unit.

Balsabasher has some great advice. Use a trusted contractor and they'll be able to help you make a good decision. Most likely, they're the ones NOT advertising like crazy and sending you junk mail constantly, trying to get your business.
Rodney
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02-16-2016 11:00 PM  4 years ago
TruckRacer

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I've had a high efficiency furnace in the last couple of houses and spanning almost 20 years now. I highly recommend them. Very few problems if you stay with popular brands and I don't agree with some others .... I literally cut my gas bill in half the first year and enjoyed the savings thereafter. About the only brand that I don't care for is Lennox. They were one of the first companies to offer this kind of furnace but to this day, their basic system is a bit different than most others. I've known people that have these in their home and we had these at some work locations. They seem to require more maintenance than others.

I'm not sure I would go for one of the super high efficiency furnaces as the ROI just might not be there quite yet compared to the ones in the low to mid 90's efficiency range.
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02-17-2016 12:41 AM  4 years ago
RayJayJohnsonJr

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A lot of great suggestions here, and I appreciate them very much. Thanks!!There, their and they're. It's really that simple.
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02-17-2016 10:55 PM  4 years ago
lfalsetto

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I had a guy that I fly with who is a HVAC person. He said to stay in the 92-95% efficiency range because the gas companies are adding water to the gas and it tends to reduce the efficiency. I personally have a Tempstar and I had two HVAC guys say that that is a good unit because it doesn't use one central Motherboard. Mine has been in for 23 years with no problems except for the fan control relay which cost $125 to fix.
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02-17-2016 11:07 PM  4 years ago
TruckRacer

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I really doubt that any gas company (natural or LP) wants water in their gas. In cold climates it could cause regulator freeze up and a host of other problems. Anybody that has ever worked around gas in the supply chain knows there are many heaters, dryers, traps, etc. used at various levels to remove water as best as they can.
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