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    Buy on internet, install by a pro?

    This is not a DIY question, I am not considering doing any of the work myself.

    My old gas furnace (17 years old) is in need of a repair and the repair quote is $x.

    I have seen a Heil gas furnace for sail on ebay, it is used and being sold for $x. Its the right size (75,000 BTU) and the ad says it was "removed in working order on 11/05/07".

    I have seen may posts on this board regarding buying HVAC equipment of the internet.

    My question is; would a reputable, local resdidential HVAC contractor install such a unit for a fee for the material and labor? Of course, I would not expext any warranty on the furnace itself.

    Thank you for your help.
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    No he would not.
    A used furnace is a problem. I would install new.

    BTW no prices are allowed to be posted here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camp800 View Post
    This is not a DIY question, I am not considering doing any of the work myself.

    My old gas furnace (17 years old) is in need of a repair and the repair quote is $x.

    I have seen a Heil gas furnace for sail on ebay, it is used and being sold for $x. Its the right size (75,000 BTU) and the ad says it was "removed in working order on 11/05/07".

    I have seen may posts on this board regarding buying HVAC equipment of the internet.

    My question is; would a reputable, local resdidential HVAC contractor install such a unit for a fee for the material and labor? Of course, I would not expext any warranty on the furnace itself.

    Thank you for your help.
    go put your check book and wallet in the other room and then look at this with your eyes open
    why was a working furnace removed? how old is this unit? What condition is the heat exchager in? And since you used reputable as the qualifier I'll hazard a guess NO.
    Last edited by jrbenny; 07-21-2008 at 01:31 PM.

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    youre better off fixin the old one,than paying more to install something worse, IMHO
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    A. Edit out the prices, or a mod will.

    B. Waste your money the way you want.
    Then when this new unit craps out and cost as much or more to fix then your current one. You won't have saved anything.

    It was working when removed. Must not have worked good enough or they wouldn't have replaced it.
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    Plus.

    Buy the time you paid shipping, and installation, it would cost more then your current furnaces repair.
    And you would still have an old used, unreliable furnace.
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    The OP posted back in the early part of '07 about saving a buck.

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    Yea, he was wondering if waiting till spring or fall if he could get one installed cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Yea, he was wondering if waiting till spring or fall if he could get one installed cheaper.
    LOL, he'll be back here in December asking for advice to get a used c/u installed.

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    First off most HVAC guys would not install anything you do not buy through them. The few that do, will install new with no warranty. Anyone you did find willing to install used bought over the internet equipment.... well I wouldn't want them in my house. Why would you ever buy used? After taxes and shipping you paid the price of new with less lifespan and no warranty. Did we mention internet sales voids most all manufacterur's stock warranties?!
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    This OP reminds me of the saying "Penny wise Pound foolish".

    Does he not see where he thinks he is saving money he will be spending more else where for this used POS?


    I have met some people who are of the attitude that as long as they save 25 cents they think they have made out.

    Buy a new unit!

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    It is actually illegal around here (code wise) to install any used equipment, unless, it is being moved from one property to another , that is owned by the same person. We have only done this once, customer had 2 , 2 year old RTU's , And the building they were on , was going to be torn down to widen highway, So the inspector first had to see that they were installed at his property, before agreeing to let use move them to another of his stores.

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    11-12-2007, 09:59 AM
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    New furnace now or spring?

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    A question for the contractors on board today: will I get better pricing in say, March for a new, gas, forced air furnace than I would if I installed now?

    The longer you wait to buy the higher the price will get. Buy new from a local hvac company, you'll have warranties and if you choose the right company, a professionally installed unit that you can rely on.

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