Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Furnace Saga

So, about a week and a half ago I wrote a post hinting to the very cool weather we had here at Main Street House.  You may also remember me mentioning that it was during this period that our furnace decided to stop working.  When the temperature in our house dropped down to a cool 64 degrees I turned the furnace on and it worked perfectly, sometime in the middle of the night it decided to stop.

This was on a Friday and we decided to suffer through it for the weekend but when we woke up Sunday morning to a house that was 54 degrees, The Husband decided it was time to call in the big guns.

We started off by calling a bigger named company that had done some work on our furnace at our old house and they came out a few days later.  Now, this gentleman was quick to tell us that we need a completely new furnace and he would get a quote to us the next day but estimated it would cost around $1500.

Enter, the second opinion.....we have wonderful neighbor here who has lived in historic homes forever so he is usually our go-to resource guy.  Guess what - he had an HVAC guy that has worked for him for years, the only downside was that this gentleman was currently on a cruise and we would have to wait a week for him to come out and look at our unit.

Not a big deal since we have been in the mid seventies this week but we have a cold front coming in and we started to get nervous about what we were going to do for heat. We lucked out because he was home from his cruise and came by yesterday to check everything out.  Guess what???? He said there was nothing wrong!!!!!  He got it running again and said that all looked great.  What he also said was that, if something did end up failing he could probably replace the whole unit (at cost) for around $400.

How does that happen???  How does one guy say it is completely gone and will cost $1500 to replace and the other guy says that it is fine? Oh, and by the way - the big company guy never did get back to us with exact estimate on how much it would really cost to replace the unit.

So, for now we are going with what the second guy said and I think, from here on out, we are going to leave our repairs to the little guys - these big name companies are just getting on my nerves!

1 comment:

  1. Well, at least you didn’t have to spend anything to have your HVAC unit working again. As for the difference in opinions, the company guy is definitely aiming for a profit, while your neighbor’s HVAC guy was probably an old friend of his, and was just looking to do you guys a favor. Anyway, at least you know who to call for help, should your HVAC actually break down in the future. Cheers!

    Andy Jones @ AQS Comfort