Repair of Carrier Furnace

shw001January 12, 2012

I have a 19-year old Bryant (same as Carrier) condensing gas/forced air furnace that is leaking water and not firing properly. Technician says to replace secondary heat exchanger @ $750-950 labor. The parts are paid for under my service contract. Is this a reasonable price? Is this worthwhile on a 19-year old furnace, or should I replace the furnace?

Bryant Model 398AAV, 100,000 BTUs, Plus 90 model

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For that much money I would put towards a new furnace. Maybe you can get a lower price. I would call a couple other contractors and see if they can do that for less.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2012 at 7:49AM
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Replace it!!

Your throwing good money towards bad. At that price, you're at approximately 1/3 of the cost of a new one.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2012 at 10:11PM
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Have your contractor heck it out .. last year I replaced 4 Bryant furnaces for this same reason, 12, 15 and 18 yrs old. Don't even mess with the new heat exchanger, you end up with an old furnace with a new heat exchanger. Carrier credited $600.00 toward the furnaces and $450.00 labor for the install. Trouble is they replace it with the same identical piece of junk. And the contractor will wait for three months to get credit.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2012 at 12:32AM
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Snoringcow, What would a new 100 BTU Carrier cost? In Maryland, outside Washington, DC. This is easy access in basement, which is on ground lavel straight in from driveway, no stairs.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 11:04AM
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I know a contractor for this work, thay are quit professional & experts of furnace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Alfa Mechanical

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 11:30AM
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