Currently I have an original with home 42 year old Janitrol forced hot air system.
I am looking to get central air, so it makes sense to replace all.
Looking at A/S Trane, and Lennox at the moment and trying to decide which to go with.
So any insite on that would be helpful.
The problem comes with this.
The water heater is fairly new and vents through the chimney along with the furnace.
With the new furnace being direct vent, I'm told I would have to line the chimney for the water heater.
Okay, no big deal, maybe $400-$500 or so it was thought.
Back in 1985 the owner decider to add an additional brick wall and platform for a wood burning stove.
When they put up that wall, they cemented and bricked in over the vent going out and through the chimney.
This being the case, I've been told to put in a liner I would have to bust out part of the chimney from the inside of house to feed over the liner. Oh god, now we are talking 1400-1800 after re-bricking part of the fireplace.
So, the other choice is for the installer to install a Bradford White 40 Gallon Direct vent system.
Since I would have it done at the same time as the HVAC system, he would do it for $1700.
(Since code states water heater does not create enough vent heat for draft type.)
Im stuck because regular vent water heaters are cheap, and will they work without power, etc.
I kind of worry about the direct vent just because of extra things to go wrong.
Most people I talk to say break the chimney out and line it, better in the long run.
That a simple water heater is the way to go and cheaper to replace parts wise and labor wise.
What is your thoughts?
Also any thoughts on the Trane/Lennox debate?
If I missed something to mention, please ask.
Thank for your time.