A new furnace

A new furnace

PostBy: KateRw On: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:25 pm

Hey. Does anyone here live around the Houston area? We bought a house here in the suburbs and are making some changes at the moment before we move in. We are desperate for a new furnace as the old tenants told us they had run into some problems with it and the best option is to actually get a new one. Problem is, we don't know anyone here that we can ask and I'm not sure where to go for advice. I searched the internet and there are a lot of companies like http://www.aramendiahouston.com for example but there are many more others, so how do you chose? Then I thought, why don't I ask on here in case someone has any ideas or even suggestions? Anything like that would be appreciated, it's not like we've got a lot of money to spend so I don't want to be making any mistakes and choosing someone who isn't reliable. Thank you!
KateRw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark1

Re: A new furnace

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:30 pm

You burn coal in Texas???
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: A new furnace

PostBy: LDPosse On: Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:38 pm

Welcome to the forum!!

What kind of furnace did you have? Oil, gas, electric? How big is the house, and what's the coldest temps you usually see in Houston during the winter?
LDPosse
 
Stove/Furnace Make: DS Machine, Warm Morning
Stove/Furnace Model: DS1500, Heatrola


Re: A new furnace

PostBy: KateRw On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:59 am

Hey. It's a gas furnace, very old...I'd probably say that it's going to get cold around January during the nights, I'm hoping that the temperatures won't drop too much though. The house has 4 bedrooms, so it is quite big. We're thinking about swapping for electric though, it might be more efficient?
KateRw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark1

Re: A new furnace

PostBy: blrman07 On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:47 am

Right now the most reliable and most economical in your area is natural gas. If you want set it and forget it for virtually forever go to electric but be prepared to pay good bucks for the installation, wiring, thermostats, etc for the conversion. Remember that your ripping out one system and replacing it with another from scratch.

You didn't say what kind of problems they reported, the age of the unit, manufacturer etc etc etc. We don't have enough info to chime in effectively.

Rev. Larry
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.

Re: A new furnace

PostBy: KateRw On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:15 pm

Sorry, I don't know the age of it but it is super old. It's a Lennox model number GH6-80-M-2. The previous owners said that the function on/off was not working, so it is frequently turning on and off, more than it used to. They said that they didn't get anyone to look at it but they think that all the problems are due to the age of the model. There are also noises coming from the furnace that weren't there before.
Yeah, you might be right about gas, I had a look and i think the cost of gas is less than electric. On many websites it says that it's a good option for the house.
KateRw
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Harman
Stove/Furnace Model: Mark1

Re: A new furnace

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:26 pm

If you have natural gas, go with natural gas. It is probably way cheaper than electric for heating,....HOWEVER,...if your gas furnace also has the air conditioning built in, a heat pump, MIGHT be better where you live. It provides cooling as well which would be really useful where you live. First thing I would do is have the gas furnace checked. Call any of the large established heating companies in the area. It's a place to start. Just don't buy a new system on the spot! Lol!
Carbon12
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace

Re: A new furnace

PostBy: blrman07 On: Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:19 pm

What I found was this is probably from the mid to late 70's making it somewhere in the realm of 40+ years old or about. You have nat gas available. The unit is rated at 80K BTU's. You didn't mention anything about an AC coil? I assume since your in Houston AC is installed and you have an A coil in the duct. Something to consider is the previous notion of a heat pump. Heat in the winter, AC in the summer all from one unit. They make some pretty efficient units nowdays. Something to consider.

Rev. Larry
blrman07
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Bucket a Day
Hand Fed Coal Stove: installing a VC 2310
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Wood in the VC and anything that will fit in the Bucket a Day. It's not fussy.