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Was told by HVAC tech I need a new inducer for my furnace, cost $650. My furnace is 9 years old. The tech said a furnace like mine usually lasts 10-15 years. Cost of new furnace would be about $3500. Would you get the new part or consider a new furnace?
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New part. Lots of life left in the furnace.
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My furnace & AC are over 20 years old. 10-15 years seems short, but I live in southern California. Maybe mine gets less usage.

I would replace it (myself).
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JoinToday wrote:My furnace & AC are over 20 years old. 10-15 years seems short, but I live in southern California. Maybe mine gets less usage.

I would replace it (myself).
I live in PA in a mobile home. It's a gas furnace. Mobile home gas furnaces have a shorter life span than most.
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9 years? Mine is going on 20. Fix, don't replace! They always want you to replace.
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Jim180 wrote:Was told by HVAC tech I need a new inducer for my furnace, cost $650. My furnace is 9 years old. The tech said a furnace like mine usually lasts 10-15 years. Cost of new furnace would be about $3500. Would you get the new part or consider a new furnace?

Just a thought, winter is coming. Winter/summer are busy times for HVAC folks and they raise prices , so what ever you do, decide it on it as soon as possible.
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i'd repair.
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I have a 90 year old home, with the old cast iron radiators (which I love), and a boiler and oil heat. When we bought our home, the boiler was not new. It is now about 40-45 years old according to the technician who maintains it annually. It will need to be replaced soon, but is still going strong.

I'd repair, and save up for a new furnace down the road.
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Jim180 wrote:
JoinToday wrote:My furnace & AC are over 20 years old. 10-15 years seems short, but I live in southern California. Maybe mine gets less usage.

I would replace it (myself).
I live in PA in a mobile home. It's a gas furnace. Mobile home gas furnaces have a shorter life span than most.
Curious, did the HVAC fellow tell you it has a shorter lifespan? When furnaces are designed and engineered, they usually last 20 years plus, now water heaters on other hand last 6-10 years, though could last longer.
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Fix it....mine lasted 30 years.
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Grt2bOutdoors wrote: Curious, did the HVAC fellow tell you it has a shorter lifespan? When furnaces are designed and engineered, they usually last 20 years plus, now water heaters on other hand last 6-10 years, though could last longer.
No, he didn't tell me that but I thought I read it somewhere. When he said 10-15 year average it sort of fit in with what I read. I'm almost certain that gas furnaces have a shorter life span than a good oil burner. I guess it depends too on what kind of climate where a person lives. Here in PA a furnace may have to work hard in winter. Some things designed for mobile homes are of less quality than a regular home.
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My gas furnace has been through 21 Minnesota winters and still going strong.
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Unless the thing is clearly having other issues, I'd fix it. 9 years is not many on a furnace in my experience.
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MNGopher wrote:My gas furnace has been through 21 Minnesota winters and still going strong.
Thanks for that post. I told the tech I'm leaning toward fixing it but will let him know Monday.
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I just learned that the part I need is available on Amazon for $40, but I don't have the technical expertise to install it. The tech wants $650 and can probably install it in a half hour. What a ripoff!
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Jim180 wrote:I just learned that the part I need is available on Amazon for $40, but I don't have the technical expertise to install it. The tech wants $650 and can probably install it in a half hour. What a ripoff!
The part is a draft inducer - its the blower in a power vent furnace.

Give us the amazon link to the part and the make/model of your furnace and we may be able to talk your thought it. Its probably just unbolt the old one, bolt in the new and connect some wires - assuming you don't have to disassemble a lot to get to it.
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Hulahoop60 wrote:I have a 90 year old home, with the old cast iron radiators (which I love), and a boiler and oil heat. When we bought our home, the boiler was not new. It is now about 40-45 years old according to the technician who maintains it annually. It will need to be replaced soon, but is still going strong.
I'd repair, and save up for a new furnace down the road.
Completely different situation than the OP, but our house was built in the late 30's (or perhaps early 40's) with boiler (cast iron) with oil burner and gravity radiators (no pump). Although there is no evidence there was ever coal in the house, the boiler is a converted coal boiler. Works just fine. The burner has been relaced several times over the decades. We have owned the house over 35 years.
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If it's a good unit--one of the well-known brands and not from the brand's "contractor grade" lineup--and is otherwise in good working condition, I'd definitely repair.

If it's an el-cheapo unit, has other performance issues or you're unhappy with it for other reasons, then it might be worth considering replacement.
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Maybe you should consider a second opinion and along with it another repair estimate. A furnace isn't something a novice should attempt to repair since doing something incorrectly may lead to additional problems or something much worse like a gas leak or fire.
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Jim180 wrote:Was told by HVAC tech I need a new inducer for my furnace, cost $650. My furnace is 9 years old. The tech said a furnace like mine usually lasts 10-15 years. Cost of new furnace would be about $3500. Would you get the new part or consider a new furnace?
One question or possibility is whether replacing this part will, or might, affect the normal life of 10-15 years. I would lean strongly towards the $650 repair.
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Mine stopped working in the dead of winter last year. I found the part on amazon for under 200 and had a friend replace it. I watched and realized I could have performed the work myself. The hardest part is diagnosing the problem correctly. HVAC quote to come out on weekend $250 + 65/hr and part cost.
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I'd repair unless there was a really goof argument to replace, such as if your existing furnace was wildly inefficient.

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Inducer blower? Don't get a new furnace or repair it at that cost. Do exactly what one of the previous posters said and find out which one you need and order it on Amazon. I was quoted a similar repair cost in a HCOL area and did a little bit of research and went the Amazon route (mine was an Amana/Goodman, but the general process is the same for any brand). Mine ended up being two wires, a hose and a few screws and I was back in business after about 15 minutes of work and it has been running great ever since (total cost like $80 including next day delivery). Furnace parts are cheap online and working on furnaces is definitely not rocket science if you have a bit of troubleshooting skill and access to a web browser.

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I guess I'll just pay the $650 and get it repaired. I could get the part easy and maybe do it myself. I'm reluctant to try it because I have to remove the burner assembly to replace the inducer. That's the way my furnace is designed. My concern would be that I accidently damage the burner or don't seal everything up adequately and have carbon monoxide escape.
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