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    First Time Home Buyers - Heat Pump/Furnace Questions!

    Hello, My wife and I are looking to purchase a new home. We found one that we really like, but when we looked at it, the electric? furnace thing in the basement had a sticker on it dated from 1979. I know this house has/uses a heat pump, could that be the reason why the furnace is so old? When you have a heat pump, does it use the furnace? Is it typical for a furnace to last that long if you are using a heat pump? Ive googled and googled and I am just really confused on it all lol.

    They said the AC was 3 years old, isnt the heat pump built into the a/c unit outside?

    Thanks!

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    Be sure it is a heat pump! Could be straight cool with resistance heat. Give us model #s, we'll tell you.

    Electric furnaces, unless they rust out, last forever and can keep being fixed for not a lot of bucks. Now, if you have a heat pump outside, I sure hope it isn't on a 1979 vintage coil. A 3 year old heat pump should be on a matched 3 year old coil. That is possible and they kept the electric furnace but something you should find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaldLoonie View Post
    Be sure it is a heat pump! Could be straight cool with resistance heat. Give us model #s, we'll tell you.

    Electric furnaces, unless they rust out, last forever and can keep being fixed for not a lot of bucks. Now, if you have a heat pump outside, I sure hope it isn't on a 1979 vintage coil. A 3 year old heat pump should be on a matched 3 year old coil. That is possible and they kept the electric furnace but something you should find out.

    No clue lol, i really do not know a single thing about any of this. It is a heat pump for sure (what I was told)....That is inside of the ac unit outside correct? I know that is 3 years old.

    The "furnace" I assume thats what it is, it looks like my parents anyway, is old huge, green color lol, and a sticker said 1979 on it, and I noticed another sticker that said it was serviced in 91. I think the house was built in 79 as well

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    Have your hvac guys inspect the system for you and give you an report on its condition. I would have the house inspected if i was unsure on anything. the hvac inspection is a very good way to let u know what u have and a cost to opperate that system, how long it will last on average.

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    Here is a pic of the thing I was talking about, it was manufactured 3 years ago. The home has a heat pump, is this inside of this thing? And sorry, they didnt "say" it was 3 years old, I just seen the date on it of 2005

    Last edited by Necrosaro420; 01-12-2008 at 11:14 PM.

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    Looks like they just replaced the outdoor unit, and reused the old air handler.
    It won't give you the efficiency it should when done like that.
    Unless they installed a new coil in the indoor unit.
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    How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?

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    Necro

    If the outside unit is truly only 3 yrs old, then you should be able to get a matching inside unit of same brand. This should be looked at and priced out before you purchase this home. It would be helpful if you posted the brand, model number of both the inside and outside units.

    IMO

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    yes, heat pump equipment r in seperate places,sounds like u have what u call a split system.

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    if the inside is in fact from 79 then it is just about used up
    looks like the out side was changed but it isn't a high seer unit either
    if you are wanting to buy this house then figure into the budget a new system

    you maybe able to use this to bargain a little

    have the unit checked by a pro and then determine your best route

    remember that inside unit be it gas or electric is 29 years old and is past its rated life time

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