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@Reg Dunlop wrote:

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@Thomps wrote:

@fightclub30 wrote:

3 years ago we had the inducer motor replaced on a 4 year old Carrier furnace when it was making an awful grinding noise. (side note, the 10 year warranty changes to 5 years for the “second owner” since we bought the house after it was installed as part of our purchase agreement. So if you buy a house, install the furnace yourself and get money for it…)

Last year it was making a buzzing noise and they adjusted the bracket which the inducer motor sits on. This year same noise again… They adjust the bracket the inducer motor sits on and say it is a design flaw and Carrier (or whoever makes the part) redesigned it and it no longer has this issue. It will be $1,350 to replace the inducer motor. :shock: :shock: :shock: Isn’t that about what a new furnace would cost? Can’t be far off…

I guess the new design was not out yet when it was replaced under warranty, and what a shock, now we are in our first year outside of warranty. Since this is a design flaw, and obviously a “known problem” shouldn’t carrier kick in a bit to keep a customer?

Anyway, I can find the new inducer motor online for $395. Is this something a mechanically included person can do? Maybe with youtube help?

I have replaced timing belts in cars, do minor electrical and plumbing work for myself and friends. I feel like this is something I could tackle, but maybe I am way off base.

Failed Induction motor. I know the feeling. My bearing went out on me on Friday. The new furnace just went in about an hour ago. I could have just replaced the motor, but the black plastic separation plate was cracked, so I just replaced the whole furnace. Goodbye, 16 yr old Goodman. I just put in a Night and Day 2 stage, variable fan, 96% furnace, and the cost was around $3500 to give you a ballpark idea. If you want a guy to talk to about fixing your furnace or replacing it, I can give you a referral. I trust this guy, and he definitely knows what he is talking about.

As for replacing the induction motor yourself, I would imagine it is easy just by looking at it. But I haven’t done one myself ever.

FYI for the future, we paid for the Centerpoint Service plus and they replaced our induction motor for free. We really got our money out of that plan as they replaced mother boards on our oven and our washing machine and had to replace the temperature/flame sensor on our furnace about 5 times. It was a good Lenox furnace but the temperature/flame sensor was terrible.

Agreed. We have to have them come out and clean/replace our flame sensor every year. Never a fee. They also have done some minor stuff to our washer and dryer. Best money we’ve spent.

We’ve been in the house 5 years and this is the first repair not covered under warranty on the furnace. I fixed our dishwasher myself when it went out (with the help of youtube, haha) and replace the thermocouple on the water heater. Honestly, we’ve been pretty luck with our lack of maintenance on that side of things.

We first looked into when we moved in, but opted not to do it because it wasn’t completely clear to me… “$45 gets you X, Y, and Z appliances covered. You just pay a flat fee of X amount anytime you need a service call ($100 I think) and we cover the rest. $65 adds appliances U, V, and W and the service call amount is this.” What happens when something goes out? Do you covered the cost of replacing the entire unit? “well yes and no” Great… thats helpful. So 5 years at $45/month I’d be out $2,700 at this point, but also not have a $1,300 repair staring me in the face…

My dad had Home Service Plus and eventually dropped it because he said they kept coming out for service calls on his 20+ year old A/C unit and limping it along rather than just replacing it. He said he spent probably close to $1,200 in service calls in 2 years on his A/C before he dropped the service and had someone replace it, according to him even after telling them he will just pay them to replace it. He also said he had to pick from their HSP “approved” products. He could not select his own thermostat, which A/C unit he wanted if replaced, etc. That would be a major sticking point for me as well, I really like my Ecobee 3 thermostat. I also like the fact that the people who installed my equipment are coming out to repair it and know the system, rather than someone new every time.

Our water softener and furnace were replaced weeks before we moved in as part of purchase agreement. Other appliances are pretty old and we would probably just replace rather than repair once they go out (range, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, etc. all have seen much better days). Could someone lay out for me what it costs and what is/isnt covered?