Fraser-Johnston Furnace repair possible?
Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:05 AM
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:39 PM
Otherwise, heat exchangers are not repairable.
I see a new energy efficient furnace in your future.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:23 PM
In Atlanta you have lots of competition amongst contractors so once you determine the size you need to get multiple estimates. You may find as much as $1000 difference between highest and lowest prices. Look in the yellow pages and find the local Rheem or Ruud wholesale distributor in your area. Call and ask for someone at the A/C counter. Tell them you want to have a new furnace installed and could they recommend a couple of honest dealers to do the work. Be sure and get the name of the person providing the references. Have one or two dealers look at your old furnace to make sure there's nothing unusually difficult with your change-out. If there is they will certainly mention it. You can then get pricing over the phone. Once you choose a dealer have them stop by and look at your setup (if they haven't already seen it) before the day of the job so there are no surprises. Get a written estimate before the work begins. A reputable dealer won't ask for any money up front but will expect payment in full once the work is finished and the new furnace is fully tested.
Edited by Shootist, 04 January 2012 - 08:43 PM.
Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:54 PM
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:16 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 03:21 PM
Seriously, though, I am so grateful to all of you for taking the time to educate me about this important topic (even you, Jumptrout-- Mr. Funnyman! LOL!). I like the idea of a 2-stage furnace and a variable speed blower. As you say, if I intend to hang on to something for 40 years, it pays to start with a quality product. It's going to take me some time to do all this research, so today I bought a carbon monoxide alarm just to be on the safe side-- it's registering 0 so far.
Well, I'm off to do some furnace shopping. Happy New Year to you all. And thanks again!
Posted 05 January 2012 - 05:04 PM
What is your furnace doing? or not?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 05:15 PM
have you seen the crack ?
... I bought a carbon monoxide alarm just to be on the safe side--
... it's registering 0 so far.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:55 PM
The pilot light was very weak, so he scraped some carbon off the jet. Now the pilot light is stronger so it's not blowing out. But the technician warned me about CO poisoning and said I need a new furnace and air handler.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:13 PM
A cracked heat exchanger is a serious fire hazard.
Do your self a favor and replace it while you can.
Yes, indeed, Jumptrout! You guys have generously educated me about the hazards and the impossibility of repairing the crack. I may be frugal, I may even be tight as the paper on the wall , but I am NOT stupid or suicidal! I just need a week or two to research furnace brands and features and to engage a licensed technician to install it. I'm on it, guys!
Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:58 PM
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