We've had our furnace for 40+ years. This past winter a repair man recommended we get a new furnace during the summer as this one has seen better days. If it were my house I would probably try to stick it out for another year. However, my elderly father doesn't want to be stuck in the middle of winter without heat. So, he wants to replace it. He's kept it pretty well maintained over the years. Some of the parts are not that old. Actually, I don't think the furnace is that old. But, that's what he tells me.
He owns an old Victorian-styled home with 8 large rooms. Overall it's not very well insulated. He would like to have dual zoned heating... depending on cost. The house only has one zone right now. Is that a big deal to put in?
I know practically nothing about plumbing. Thus, I would hire someone to do all the work from removal to installation. (Although, if I could save a $200 or more removing this unit, I probably could get a friend of mine help me if needed. I would have to take into consideration the weight. I would imagine these units are probably very heavy to move.)
My question is where should I begin looking for a new furnace and plumber to do the work?
I did a Google search and came up with this site
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house_and_home/furnaces / http://www.consumersearch.com/www/house_and_home/furnaces/fullstory.html#intro
Seems one of the top rated units is the Rheem Classic 90 Plus with Comfort Control with an estimated installed cost of $3,000. We live in a cold climate so a high efficiency unit seem like it would make more sense. Anyone have any experience with these new styled units? Are they worth the extra $$$
They do have some good general advice in this article. (See below)
"Because of the currently tightly regulated market, getting a quality furnace is much easier. Getting the right contractor may be more difficult. Experts stress again and again the importance of taking your time to find a good HVAC professional. The best way to start is to ask friends and neighbors for references, ask your utility company for recommendations, or start in the phone book. Contractors should be licensed and have appropriate insurance, liability and workman's comp paperwork. You will need a permit before work is started, and most contractors will procure this for you."