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I have a 1993 Kenmore Gas Furnace. For past few weeks it's been turning on and off with a big flame very often (few minutes). Now there's a loud knock that shakes the room and we're afraid to turn it back on. A plumber who I trust and know a long time doesn't want to put any parts in it and he says we need a new furnace and gave me a reasonable price. He says he doesn't want to be responsible for the family if something should happen if he just replaces parts and says he'd be surprised if it lasts a month after putting parts in. I don't have an extended warranty and it's cold weather adding to the urgency. If I have a Sears man come over and he says he can fix it, I don't know how soon he can do that (time of essence!) and if it'll stay fixed. What should I do?

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  • Perry Putnam
    Perry Putnam May 11, 2010

    Get a clarification on what is actually wrong and then get two quotes, one to fix it correctly and one to replace it. If it's more then the 200-300 to fix it like Skeeter said I would definitely take that money and replace it. No one can predict how long the furnace will last but an average is about 20 years. You have to weigh your options and decide for yourself but do so informed.

  • Ken Bledsoe May 11, 2010

    If it were me I would replace the unit. Cost to fix something like what you are talking about could run around 200 to 300 dollars. On a 15 year old unit is pushing the life a bit of the furnace.

    For around 1200 you could get a new furnace installed and be way ahead. 700 for the unit and 500 for installing. If money is a issue then fix the unit and inside of 5 years you will be replacing it anyways. This is a tuff call for you cause if you have a a/c with the unit that will need to be replaced in the future also.

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With the age of the equipment it may be cheaper to get it replaced rather than fixing it plus you will have warranty plus peace of mind.

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  • Pyldrvr Feb 12, 2009

    With the age of the equipment it may be cheaper to get it replaced rather than fixing it plus you will have warranty plus peace of mind.

  • Pyldrvr Feb 12, 2009

    With the age of the equipment it may be cheaper to get it replaced rather than fixing it plus you will have warranty plus peace of mind.

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