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(30,650 posts)
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 11:55 AM Jan 2012

Anyone know the cost of a furnace/AC replacement?

26-year old RUUD furnace / AC unit. The blower motor is definitely worn out and needs to be replaced -- at $376 that's not a big deal. But to have the whole unit replaced, which I am considering, is estimated at over $7000.00!

I'll get other estimates, of course, but just wondered if anyone here has had similar experiences. Seven grand seems way over the top to me, even for a heating/AC combo. And fixing the blower motor alone doesn't mean something else can go down the road, like the relay.

Thoughts, anyone?

Anyone know the cost of a furnace/AC replacement? (Original Post) Auggie Jan 2012 OP
that's what it cost me leftyohiolib Jan 2012 #1
About that in cost.. Melissa G Jan 2012 #2
yes shanti Jan 2012 #4
Depends on the efficiency of the units. I just replaced my smaller, upstairs sinkingfeeling Jan 2012 #3
Please do get more estimates. Ruby the Liberal Jan 2012 #5
See if you can qualify for an energy saving rebate or tax deduction LiberalEsto Jan 2012 #6
Are you doing both furnace and AC at once? Hassin Bin Sober Jan 2012 #7
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I spent about $8000 a few years back Coyote_Bandit Jan 2012 #9
Thanks everybody Auggie Jan 2012 #10
Rebates are good on solar electric roody Jan 2012 #11
That's square in the ballpark. They're not cheap Stinky The Clown Jan 2012 #12
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(5,917 posts)
1. that's what it cost me
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:01 PM
Jan 2012

i have a heat pump w/ac the air handler inside was 7000 and the chiller outside was 8000 . yeah. had it done about 3 years ago

Melissa G

(10,170 posts)
2. About that in cost..
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:48 PM
Jan 2012

Depends on your tonnage and brands. American Standard is pretty cost effective.

Your electric company/city may be running low interest loans for hi efficiency units. I have done this 3 times for my homes. we have even gotten 0 percent loans.


(21,646 posts)
4. yes
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 02:15 PM
Jan 2012

my local electric company, SMUD, offers no interest loans for new HVAC units. it's a great deal. i got a new high efficiency unit in 2001, american standard, and it cost me at the time, about $5000. the new unit lowered my utility bill (i'm all electric) significantly. they also gave me a loan for new vinyl windows for the whole house a few years ago.

utility loans are definitely worth looking into if you don't have the money up front for this necessity.


(49,918 posts)
3. Depends on the efficiency of the units. I just replaced my smaller, upstairs
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 12:51 PM
Jan 2012

furnance and AC for $5300. The cost to replace it with a super high efficient unit would have been $7600.

Ruby the Liberal

(26,206 posts)
5. Please do get more estimates.
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 03:35 PM
Jan 2012

I replaced my AC/Heat Pump with a 13 SEER Carrier for $4k. Of course, I only have 1,500 SF to worry about, but $7k seems like a lot.



(22,845 posts)
6. See if you can qualify for an energy saving rebate or tax deduction
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 04:50 PM
Jan 2012

Check federal, state and local agencies.
Last year we had a new roof put up with high reflectivity white shingles. Got a nice federal tax deduction on it.

Hassin Bin Sober

(25,939 posts)
7. Are you doing both furnace and AC at once?
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 06:51 PM
Jan 2012

If it's just the furnace blower you might consider squeaking by with just a furnace replacement for now. (assuming yours is a conventional set-up with the AC coil in the plenum above the furnace)

It would be nice to have a new efficient AC but sometimes the budget is the boss.

My friend just had to have a new furnace installed. She went with the furnace only and kept the old AC for now. She had to go high efficiency (IIRC 95%) because a cheaper low (80%)efficiency unit would have required an inspection and most likely re-lining of the 80 year old chimney. A 95% unit gets vented via PVC pipe through the wall (no chimney).

My friend's bill was $3300 installed for a Lenox 95%. Ottawa IL. This was, IIRC, a 150k BTU unit.

My neighbor in out condo just had furnace and AC done for $4,000 for a lower end 80% efficient unit. Don't remember the btus.

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(6,783 posts)
9. I spent about $8000 a few years back
Thu Jan 19, 2012, 09:25 PM
Jan 2012

The price will vary depending on how energy efficient the unit is and how much capacity you require to heat and cool your home.

I opted for the high efficiency unit and have reduced my energy usage by about a third.

I got my unit in February when local contractors offer off-season discounts. Saved about $1000 that way.

Financed the cost for 12 months with no interest and paid it all off before interest accrued.


(30,650 posts)
10. Thanks everybody
Fri Jan 20, 2012, 02:54 PM
Jan 2012

We decided to replace the blower motor and save up for a complete replacement sometime in the future. The furnace and AC are tied into each other, so both had to be upgraded at the same time. I could have lowered the replacement estimate with less efficient units -- we're in California, not New England, and don't need superpowered heating and cooling -- but that's defeating the purpose, IMO.

In an ideal world -- one in rich I'm really wealthy -- I'd look into solar electricity and/or geothermal heating and consider redoing the whole darn house.

I really appreciate the time each of you took in responding. D.U. is the best.

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