Furnace service/repair question:

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  1. Dave Poehlman

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    The dope who previously owned my home or the dope who installed the furnace/AC snaked the AC condensation hose too far down the floor drain and caused the condensation water to back up and drain into my furnace.

    It seems they couldn't figure out what the problem was and just caulked the s*it out of the point where the water was leaking... which only worked for a little while. I snipped about 14 inches off of the hose and it drains fine now. However.. some damage has been done. The fan motor looks rusty and I can smell a faint hint of gas near the furnace.

    I don't know jack about furnaces and am leery of getting hosed by some contractor. Is there anything I can do to reduce my chances of getting raped financially?
     
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    where was the water leaking? was it leaking down into the furnace?
    my biggest concern would be corrosion or even a cracked heat exchanger, that can leak carbon monoxide into the house.
     
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    The water was leaking from where the hose connects to the ductwork and was leaking down into the furnace. As far as I can tell the majority of the water leaked into the front portion of the furnace that houses the blower motor. But, judging by the rust stains on the floor... it looks like this has been happening for some time.

    I have a guy coming to look at it Tuesday. I just want to try and get a little educated prior to his visit so he doesn't try to sell me a new "spritzer valve" or something farcical.

    I've heard a few horror stories from coworkers. I just hate getting service done on something that I know nothing about.. I feel so helpless.
     
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    Who's coming to look at it?
     
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    That would be Great Lakes Heating And Cooling.
     
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    it's probably best to have him look at it and give you an estimate if you're really worried about it. there really isn't enough info given to help much, it really could range from nothing at all to very serious (new furnace)
     
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    Well, I've never heard anything bad about 'em, Dave. But, then again, I don't think that I've ever heard of them. (I do have some "trades" connections.)
     
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    Nope. Nost of them won't even give family discounts. [​IMG] But, they don't hose folks, either.
     

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