Furnace is on the verge of collapse :(

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Furnace is on the verge of collapse :(
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 11:25am

So my furnace has been acting up lately (I knew it was on it's last legs but was hoping I could eek another season out of it). Well it's been squeeling for the last few days, and today when I woke up, it was freezing!!! Sigh.

So I'm having a diagnostic run on it tonight to see if they can figure out what the problem is (and more importantly, how much it will cost). I also am having someone come in to give me an estimate to replace it so that I can make an informed decision. They have monthly payment plans if necessary (booooo) but I would prefer to try and get one more season out of it and then save up cash for the replacement. But if it's going to cost $1000's to fix, that doesn't make sense.

The only upside to this whole thing is that the gov't is offering rebates of up to $1500 if I replace it before March 31, 2012, so I have to sit down and do the math to determine which makes more sense.

If it's not one thing it's another :(

Bex -

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Registered: 12-31-2010
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 11:54am
Oh, Bex, a furnace is something you have to have and maybe a new one would be more energy efficient and cut your heating bill down?
But I know what you mean, I looked at our January bills (daunting with car registrations, college tuition, house taxes and house insurance all in the same month as well as 2 birthdays) and yesterday DH took our living room television to the side of the road as it died! We put up a 20" for now, but the kids are moaning - hmmm, they are back to school in 5 days and I can't wait.
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Registered: 10-02-2011
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 12:47pm

Sorry to hear you may have a big expenditure coming, Bex. I remember a whole bunch of household stuff breaking down all at once last summer, which made shopping a chore. Hope the math works out for the rebate.

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 12:56pm
Thanks Marie.
I am sure that the heating bill we be significantly reduced by the new furnace. This one is running too much I'm sure so the savings may offset the cost somewhat. We'll see.
Either way I'm not rushing into anything. Thankfully mother nature has given me a small reprieve and we're going above freezing this week so I have time to do the math and make an educated decision!

Bex -

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 12:58pm
Thanks PB. Just when things are looking up, murphy comes along and kicks me in the teeth. Oh well. At least I am in a spot that I can handle a monthly payment if that's what it comes to. I hope I can avoid it until the fall (it will give me time to save up to pay cash) but if not, at least I have options.
But yes, I know what you mean. I had a list of things that I really really wanted to buy since I was moving ahead on the debt game . . . and they are now a far off dream once again . . . sigh.

Bex -

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Registered: 11-02-1999
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 12:59pm

UGH, I hope that you can squeeze out at least one more season, at least to give you time to make a dent in saving for a new

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 1:06pm
Thanks Steph. I appreciate it.
I would LOVE to get one more season out of it. Apparently (or so I've been told) that my AC will have to be replaced when I do the furnace because it won't be compatable with the new high efficiency models. Egads. So if that's the case I could also be looking at 8-10K!!!
Oh well, no point in panicking until I know for sure :(

Bex -

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Registered: 01-03-2004
Wed, 01-04-2012 - 1:10pm


Hi. Good idea to get a cost estimate for both repairs and replacement. You would also be wise to check with a Habitat for Humanity Restore store...they have all kinds of appliances that have been removed from homes and they sell them cheap!

You may also be able to prevail upon a plumber to tell you where you might get a good used furnance or furnance parts for less than retail. There's always a place to get these things, you just have to know.

Not knowing what kind of furnace you have or what needs to be done you can also check craig's list and the want ads. See if someone else has something they'll sell.

Be sure to ask your furnance service for exactly what needs to be done to repair or replace the furnace in your home so you know what to look for.

Also, you may be income eligible for help from your local Salvation Army. Some provide assistance to purchase or repair critical appliances...it does depend on your income.

Good luck.