Should I Get a New Furnace? Mine's 35 years old!

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Posted by: from Toronto
4/3/2008 at 1:01:58 PM

I have a 108 year old house with a 50 year old addition. The house was converted from oil to gas in 1975 and the current furnace is the furnace from that upgrade, as per the date on the inspection tag.

Its mind blowing that the furnace is 35 years old and is still working. From a temperature perspective, it works fine although i am sure its highly inefficient.

I have been thinking about getting a new furnace. The house is 2 stories with a finished basement and a total of about 1200 sq ft. I have some quotes so far ranging from $2200 for a goodman to $2700 for a payne high-efficiency unit, installed.

These prices are attractive. But i should bother if the existing furnace is working? i am on equal billing and so i dont actually know the real cost of the furnace. I bought the house last summer.

Im interested in your opinions. also, if you have a referral for a particular contractor and/or furnace manufacturer i'd appreciate your comments.


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San in Mississauga
Date/Time4/7/2008 at 12:56:44 PM

I have used the firm Cosmopolitan Mechanical for my air conditioner and humidifier and very satisfied. Try a googling to get the company.

Good luck.

San Nathan

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Brett in Toronto
Date/Time4/10/2008 at 11:18:53 AM

hi sam. this is the contractor i am thinking of using. how long ago did they do the job? my main concern is the quality of the installation.

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V.R.R Home Improvements and Professional Painting LTD. in North York
Date/Time4/13/2008 at 3:55:55 PM

Well I am contractor myself , i woudl strongly recommend in changing the furnace becasue if it ever gets inspected and if it ever breaks down parts would be diffucult to find and woudl also be very costly to repair....

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John in Ottawa
Date/Time4/20/2008 at 4:46:58 AM

I would recommend buying a new furnace because, as Andrew said, The repair prices would be high and you would be far better off with a new furnace that you can rely on, Brett.

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Ruby in Scarborough
Date/Time4/20/2008 at 8:39:08 AM

HI Brett! I do think that it is time for you to get a new furnace. While it is true that your furnace is still working, it's 35 years old and it needs to be replaced. I don't think you would sacrifice safety for this. I would suggest that you get a new one which is really highly efficient.

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