I replaced the air conditioner components a couple of years ago but
the furnace unit was still working fine. Now the fan has died in the
furnace so the AC is useless too. I can't seem to find anywhere to buy
a new furnace to install myself. All searches just bring up service
companies that only sell and install them. Specific location is the
Austin area but any general information would be great.
HVAC trade is very insular - doesn't like to work with or sell parts
to DIYers. But, there are a few mail order places, like
But, be aware you won't get any warranty on equipment not installed by
a dealer; parts may be difficult to come by; and if you do need
professional help at some point, it may be difficult to find a tech to
work on a self-install.
This is exactly what doesn't make any sense to me. You can buy
everything else to build a house yourself so why not a furnace? I
understand you need to be qualified and licensed to dispense freon for
the AC but if I know I can put in a furnace I shouldn't have anything
stopping me from buying one. You can buy a gas water heater at Home
Depot so if you're smart enough to shut off your gas and change it out
then why not a furnace?
Anyway I ended up finding a good used one on craigslist, installed it
myself, and it is working great. Thanks for the link, I would have
expected to find a place like that in every major city!
Don't fell bad. A friend had an ac condenser fan motor fail. No local
supply house would sell us a motor with out an EPA cert. We could order
one online then wait several days for it. We wound up going to another
city about two hours away to get it. The locals supplies said it was a
"new law" all work was to be by licensed service.
The local HVAC in an round Knoxville Tn. is trying to locking out the
individual or non-cert. repairmen with the parts houses help.
I know if it had been an a refrigeration repair we would have dealt
with someone cert. with the proper tools. But a bad motor no way!
I have had the schooling an can get around an ac system with no problem
just don't have ac equipment or cert. but no problem doing any other repair.
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