I have an Aprilaire model 1720 4 years old. Been happy with it BUT the fan motor has gone out and needs replacement. Get this: $1262 for the motor/fan assembly!!!! Not to mention this motor was replaced after the first week. Warrenty on the unit was only 2 years (believe it is now 5 years). At this price I am seriously considering replacing the entire unit. The basement is about 2700 sq.ft finished. It is a walk out basement. No water issues just high humidity. The unit is tied into the dedicated basement ductwork and the fan stays on for circulation and Trane Air cleaner. Portables are not an option per Mrs. So, some questions for the pros:
The CFM of the 1720 is 500CFM. Do I really need that much?
A 275 CFM can be bought for the price of the new motor.
Does Aprilaire have a good rep?
Are ther better brands out ther you would reccomend?
I would never attempt to install an A/C system myself but in this case, the ducting is already in place in an open storage area. It appears it would be a simple swap out, hook up the drain line and plug the electrical into the dedicated wall plug. OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING?
Appreciate the input. The house is sucking the life out of me.