sounds like if you could get that bearing lubed, you would be all set
for a while anyway or....
I would think you could buy a replacement blower and install it
yourself for under $100 and I would certainly do that rather than get a
new furnace under duress...
you may find some interesting reading here about efficency and cracked
If you can replace the motor for $300 or less, do it.
At some point, have the unit serviced and the heat exchanger checked. I'm
running heaters in one building that are 29 years old and just put a new
belt on one of the blowers. Bearing were greased on both. I see no reason
that they will not last another 10 or more years.
On another boiler, it is 40 years old. I just had some valves and the
regulator replaced on the gas train as well as the motor on the burner.
Total cost about $1800, but new cost would be $35,000.
If you want a new furnace, get one. If not, fix the blower. With
most anything these days, there is always someone with their hand out
trying to get your wallet. Blowers are simple devices. Motors are
costly but not that outrageous. Anyone that can use hand tools should
be able to replace that motor for $100 to $200. Look to grainger.com
for motors. You can often find complete blowers at salvage yards for
as little as $20. Four bolts and an electrical cable will change the
whole thing. Just be sure it fits. One other thought, contact local
heating companies and ask them if they have used blowers. Many of
them save used blowers when they rip out furnaces. A bad blower is
not the end of the world or the furnace to those of us who are handy.
If you cant change the motor yourself, see if there is a local
handyman who can. I surely would not trash a working furnace because
of a fried blower motor. Yes, you will probably get a little better
energy efficiency from a new furnace, but look at what you have to pay
to save a few BTUs of fuel. Remember, most of those energy figures are
exaggerated, just like milage figures on cars. I'm sure you have seen
these complaints about car milage on the evening tv news.
I'd get on the web or phone and see what Grainger has for motors, or
call those local heating supply companies for a used motor. One other
thing, look for a local motor rebuilder. They might be able to
rebuild yours for under $100. but be sure to tell them you need this
ASAP for heat.
If you can use a box wrench and screwdriver, you CAN remove the motor
yourself. (Be sure to SHUT OFF THE POWER, when you do it.)
BTW What is wrong with that motor? Did you forget to oil the
bearings? Maybe it's just siezed up? Sometimes a little oil will get
it moving again......
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