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disneydreamersx4
06-26-2009, 10:48 PM
We had a plumber come in and tell us we have to get a new central air conditioning unit and furnace to the tune of $7,000:eek:

When he left, DH says well I guess there goes our 2010 Disney trip. I said Hold on there!!! We're going to Disney, I can live with sweat dripping off me for another two years:rotfl2:

Don't you agree;)

P.S. of course, we have fans in every room

SandrA9810
06-26-2009, 11:05 PM
LOL.... sweat will get you ready for the lovely florida heat.

I'd suggest taking care of the AC now while you can get that 1,500$ tax break. Then when you file your taxes next year, you can put that straight back into the disney bank.

tikilyn
06-26-2009, 11:12 PM
I think I would go with the AC over disney but that is only because I live in South Texas. There is no way I would live with this heat we get down here!!

disneydreamersx4
06-26-2009, 11:21 PM
SandrA, my DH was mentioning something about a tax credit but not sure if he knows it's just for this year. Will look into that thank you.

Not sure if Texas heat is the same as Jersey, we get up to 100's with the heat index at times. And if we can't finance, we'll have no choice to deal with the fans and ice pops for now LOL

cglaura
06-26-2009, 11:22 PM
Well if it were just A/C, you can always get around that somehow, even get a cheapo window unit for temporary relief, but I don't think I'd like to be without a furnace in the winter if it doesn't hold out! Pipes freezing, etc. But I'm not sure where you are, that may not be an issue!

But in all seriousness, I think it is in the best interest to take care of the house first, you know the whole a stitch in time saves nine theory.

dopeyone
06-27-2009, 12:17 AM
Who needs AC! Go to Disney, if it gets too hot back home you can always use uncle Orville's Air Cooling system! ;)

SandrA9810
06-27-2009, 12:55 AM
LOL....gotta love uncle orville.

I know the tax credit has to be used on energy star appliances. Most tv ads for AC techs are advertising this and probably could tell you how it works. There's even one company here that offers like a 1,000 discount if you take an appt of some one that cancels at the last minute. But that'd only work if some one is at home all the time or could get home in a short notice. Like guy down the street sets up an appt for the repair guy on monday at 3pm, but calls monday morning saying he has to cancel for some odd reason. They'll call you and say, hey we can stop by at 3pm today.

Shelly F - Ohio
06-27-2009, 06:21 AM
Did you get a 2nd opinion on the A/C? I would at least shop around and look for other prices. And yes do it this year and get the tax credit not to mention if the A/C is going bad it must be using a lot of electricity so you should is a drop in the electric bill with a new more effiecent model.

wall*e2008
06-27-2009, 07:13 AM
I would never pick a vacation over fixing the A/C and furnace.

J3nn78
06-27-2009, 07:29 AM
As much as I love Disney- there is NO WAY I would live without it for a few years just to got to Disney.

maddiesmom0116
06-27-2009, 08:01 AM
Did you get a 2nd opinion on the A/C? I would at least shop around and look for other prices. And yes do it this year and get the tax credit not to mention if the A/C is going bad it must be using a lot of electricity so you should is a drop in the electric bill with a new more effiecent model.

I agree that seems a little high.
I am also buying a new unit too and I am stressing a little over the cost and my upcoming trip.

debf
06-27-2009, 08:22 AM
I'd have to go with the A/C and furnace. If you can swing the payments on Disney visa for six months intrest free then maybe you could do both.

Monny2AE
06-27-2009, 08:35 AM
I would personally go with fixing the AC in your house. Disney will still be there next year. That said...I'm putting off upgrading from carpet to hardwood and a few other home upgrades to go again in 2010. :rolleyes1 AC is a little more important than flooring to me though.

jorem1
06-27-2009, 08:45 AM
I could have posted this last year. We have never had A/C and I've been whining about it for years. We finally had a little extra money and I was whining even louder about a Disney trip w/the kids. He said do you want a/c or a trip to disney because we can't do both. I AM CRAZY I SAID DISNEY:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:

I guess I'll just sweat.:)

englishteacha
06-27-2009, 08:50 AM
Does the whole unit need to be replaced? Furnace and AC? Bummer. I'd definitely get a second opinion, and maybe a third.

If you start saving $10-20 a week now, you should be able to afford a budget Disney trip next fall. :)

bleufleur
06-27-2009, 09:31 AM
AC is a quality of life issue where I live, since it's summer 9 months out of the year. But I would definitely call around and get some other price estimates. That does sound pretty steep.

chabs
06-27-2009, 10:30 AM
We did this one year too-the A/C went out and we had to choose between Disney and a new A/C. We live in NY so we bought 2 window A/C units (it was the end of summer-just get us through) and went to Disney!

That being said-call around and get at least 5 or 6 different estimates. We ended up saving thousands from what our original heating company wanted to charge us. Especially with the way the economy is now-negotiate and let all of the companies that you deal with know that you are looking for the best price and that you are pricing with their competetors. You will get a better deal and be able to put some of that money towards your trip.

Also-consider waiting until peak A/C is over to replace your A/C. You will save a ton of money this way too because they will be willing to get rid of whatever they have sitting around in their warehouses at the end of the season so that they can prepare for heating season.

blondietink
06-27-2009, 10:37 AM
We only use a window air conitioner to cool off the bedrooms maybe 7 days out of the whole year, so a whole house air conditioning system for us would be an entire waste of money. But we do have to keep our furnace in good shape. However, our new efficient furance only cost $1500.00 installed last year, so your price seems really high to me. :cool2:

HeyIt'sMe
06-27-2009, 11:29 AM
Is this actually a serious question???

Skip Disney and get the A/C.

Nie0214
06-27-2009, 02:58 PM
It depends where you live. Jersey up to New England, you could probably get away with no A/C, but I'd still choose home repairs over Disney. ;)

I haven't had an A/C in years but I think we have ten days a year that get over 80. :rotfl:

Microcell
06-27-2009, 03:21 PM
If my AC went out today I would probably have to skip Disney (It is 97 here today)!

I really think OP was thinking outloud guys.. but even if she does decide to go to Disney, none of us have to live it! You all are acting like you are bieng told to live without AC!

palavra
06-27-2009, 03:31 PM
I understand where she is coming from. Our AC went out last year, not the heat pump though. We live in a house with 1300 sq. feet, so we opted to just put in a few window air conditioners. Oh, our estimates were anywhere from $4500 to $6500. Eventually, when we are ready to sell, we will have to get the AC unit replaced, but this year, we are going to Disney! (There is a price difference in our case; we are only spending about $1500 for Disney.)

RMulieri
06-27-2009, 03:44 PM
I would go with AC..I hate heat and humidity.It is ok to deal with at Disney, not at home .

JerseyMamaBear
06-27-2009, 03:55 PM
Did you get a 2nd opinion on the A/C? I would at least shop around and look for other prices. And yes do it this year and get the tax credit not to mention if the A/C is going bad it must be using a lot of electricity so you should is a drop in the electric bill with a new more effiecent model.

couldent agree more. Disney is wonderful, but home must come first. Maybe its not a full unit you need, just replacement parts and the plumber was jus trying to scam you

JerJan
06-27-2009, 05:35 PM
I would definately get 3 or 4 more opinions from REPUTABLE HVAC dealers in your area. The smaller companies might even be willing to make a better deal if they know they are competeing with each other :idea:. Your home should come first....that $1500.00 would make an excellent down payment on your new AC. It's also more energy effecient than running window units (I'm pretty sure).

HunnyPots
06-27-2009, 05:47 PM
I am confused about why a plumber is evaluating your air conditioning.:confused3
When we have problems with our central ac unit/furnace we call an electrical/ac repair service.

drinkme
06-28-2009, 05:20 AM
We're going through the same thing, too. Except, we need to replace our furnace. Can't live without heat in the winter! So, I'm budgeting to get a new furnace in the Fall, so no Disney trip this year. We'll plan on going in 2010.

I looked into the furnaces that you buy to get the federal rebate. Seems like they START at around $8000. So, we'll probably not get one of those this time. I'm hoping $3000 is enough to get us a new furnace.

loonytoony
06-28-2009, 05:49 AM
We had a plumber come in and tell us we have to get a new central air conditioning unit and furnace to the tune of $7,000:eek:

When he left, DH says well I guess there goes our 2010 Disney trip. I said Hold on there!!! We're going to Disney, I can live with sweat dripping off me for another two years:rotfl2:

Don't you agree;)

P.S. of course, we have fans in every room

Why is a plumber looking at your A/C?

Aliceacc
06-28-2009, 06:09 AM
The AC might be negotiable. But if you live in NJ, you NEED that furnace!!!

Get it done now, before things get too crazy, and hit the shore for a mini vacation this year. Then start saving every nickel for your next WDW vacation.

Bob NC
06-28-2009, 10:39 AM
GET MORE QUOTES.

Heating and A/C people who have been installing units in new homes for years are hurting for business right now. Make them compete with each other.

When I replaced my unit some of my quotes were $5000 apart.

Get REPAIR prices. If you can make this unit last 5 more years for a minimum of repair $$$ it could be a deal.

I think the costs of upgrading units to make them meet the new Energy Tax Credit requirements are going to eat up all or more of the credit.

sk!mom
06-28-2009, 08:37 PM
Here in Hell- AC equals survival.:lmao:

I'm jealous of anyone who lives in a cool enough place to even consider no AC.

JerJan
06-28-2009, 09:30 PM
Here in Hell- AC equals survival.:lmao:

I'm jealous of anyone who lives in a cool enough place to even consider no AC.


HAHA!!! I'll trade places with you any day....you have no idea what it's like to be cold for months and never be able to get warm....BRRRRRRRRRR :( Northeast Ohio between November and March are my idea of "HELL ON EARTH!" I'm jealous of anyone who doesn't have a gas bill in the winter over $150.00 a month!

Dancemom03
06-28-2009, 10:23 PM
Well, if you replaced it after this season and put the money you'll save on electricity into a disney fund, you might be able to save enough for a budget trip right there.

I agree it has to be done - and probably before winter as it could cost you more in electric when you turn on the heat if that isn't working properly either - but I'm betting that the longer you put it off, the more you'll enjoy the savings from lower utility bills in the meantime...

wickywinn
06-29-2009, 01:22 AM
And here I was thinking wow, 7k is cheap for both a new ac and furnace! We just had our furnace replaced and it was $3700. I've been told by many, many, many people that I should thank my lucky stars it wasn't the central ac. Evidently that's alot more than a new furnace. At least around here. I was getting quotes close to 6K for the AC unit alone (of course they all want to sell you both when they come out to give quotes). And I had at least 5 different reputable companies come out to compete for quotes.

Oh, and here's a great tip...have them scheduled to come out around the same time. When they saw each other coming and going they were running outside to call their managers. My mil overheard one whisper "they have 2 other guys out giving them quotes!" His price came down by 1K!!! :scared1:

PinkRhombus
06-29-2009, 07:44 AM
And here I was thinking wow, 7k is cheap for both a new ac and furnace! We just had our furnace replaced and it was $3700. :


We just had our central air replaced and it was just a tad over $3,000. So $7,000 is probably a good price to count on when you're getting your other estimates.

Take a big breath and do the responsible thing. Please. :headache:

pilesoflaundry
06-29-2009, 09:04 AM
Did you get a 2nd opinion on the A/C? I would at least shop around and look for other prices. And yes do it this year and get the tax credit not to mention if the A/C is going bad it must be using a lot of electricity so you should is a drop in the electric bill with a new more effiecent model.

I agree.

I'm in GA and our central is acting up. Since the furnace is fine, a new a/c only system put in would be $2600. So $7000 for both seems a touch high but I do know in Jersey and up north labor per hour is $$$.

I've got a friend that can do it for even less (he's licensed and qualified) the majority of the cost is labor btw. So if you can find someone that can purchase parts cheap and can do the install it would save you a lot.

dismom2-3
06-29-2009, 09:34 AM
I'm in PA, I don't think that the estimate is that out of line, we had ours replaced, and it was over 8,000. The $1500 tax credit will not show up in our pocket until next year, but it was well worth it.(efficiency-wise) Certain manufacturers are also giving rebates. Get the new unit and start saving for a trip.

Also, I am guessing but I think that the plumber is involved b/c the unit is a hot water heater, common in the northeast.

Gretchen3ajoshmom
06-29-2009, 11:06 AM
I would have to say.... get the A/C fixed..... I cannot live without my A/C

CalvaryMike
06-29-2009, 11:14 AM
My best friend and my BIL are both in the HVAC business. With this economy, business has been very slow for both of them. Many people are putting off repairs and installations. So, as everyone else has said, go shop around!

Also as dismom2-3 said, the new unit will be much more efficient than your old unit. So, there'll be savings there too. Save for Disney and fix the HVAC now.

amshowers
06-29-2009, 11:53 AM
Well are reading this thread I am so thankful I to have 2 HVAC certified brothers and husband. Husband works more on the construction side regularly but knows everything about service and my brothers have all the tools for service. My mil was so thankful to have a son in that industry, saved here thousands when her whole unit went up. I would definitely get other estimates, but this type of work is very expensive.

eyor44
06-29-2009, 12:06 PM
I'm jealous of anyone who doesn't have a gas bill in the winter over $150.00 a month!

and I am jealous of those who don't have electricity bills that are $250-$300 for six months out of the year. Guess it all equals out.

OP - you mentioned needing to finance. Our electric company offers financing. You might try yours. and I think there were incentives involved also. Two years ago I paid $5600 for two 3ton units during construction of the house. My units handle both AC and heat. We don't have a furnance.

One thing I learned. Ask the tech to make sure the unit is fully charged before they leave.

Mandy_in_NC
06-29-2009, 11:42 PM
Get the air conditioning. I have been without air for a week and we are crabby unhappy people. The man will be there in the morning to fix it. Thank goodness. We have enough fans in my house to open our own fan store. I want my air back.

SandrA9810
06-30-2009, 12:02 AM
I don't think the OP was down right serious about taking a vacation over house hold needs. But it is quite surprising to see the amount of people that don't have AC units. Here in florida, you'd die without AC, but very few people have a furnace. We had a gas furnace but it was rarely used, especially after my g'father died because my g'mother had no idea how to turn the thing on, so she'd call one of his old work buddies to come turn it on for her. Of course the only reason why we did have it, was because my g'father took the whole AC/furnace unit from his original home in Indiana and brought it with them when they moved to Miami.

JerJan
06-30-2009, 08:56 AM
[=eyor44;32485007]and I am jealous of those who don't have electricity bills that are $250-$300 for six months out of the year. Guess it all equals out.

Well I am on budget billing and my electric bill is 208.00 per month....if I wasn't on the budget bill it would be well over 300.00 a month in the summer.

teslaaunt
06-30-2009, 02:25 PM
I dont really have time to read what everyone else has written but allow me to help a little. The Federal Income Tax credit is good 2009-2010 taxes. But you also have all kinds of other incentives available right now. Carrier, Trane and all the utility companies here are offering pretty good rebates when you upgrade your hvac equipment. It could end up getting you really nice equipment for the what the average costs. The utility companies here also offer financing, all be it at a pretty high rate of 13%, but they have 90 days sames as cash and no prepayment penalty. I hope that that was helpful in someway. My advise would be to take care of the A/C now, Disney will be there later.

teslaaunt
06-30-2009, 02:30 PM
I agree.

I'm in GA and our central is acting up. Since the furnace is fine, a new a/c only system put in would be $2600. So $7000 for both seems a touch high but I do know in Jersey and up north labor per hour is $$$.

I've got a friend that can do it for even less (he's licensed and qualified) the majority of the cost is labor btw. So if you can find someone that can purchase parts cheap and can do the install it would save you a lot.

the key phrase in this is "Licensed and qualified". That is extremely important when it comes to warranties. Anything that goes wrong during this 1st year is the installing contractors responsibility as far as labor goes. Make sure it is someone who has been in business for a while and has a good reputation. Word of mouth is the best way, ask your friends...I bet they have someone they swear by.

mlynn
06-30-2009, 02:44 PM
We had a plumber come in and tell us we have to get a new central air conditioning unit and furnace to the tune of $7,000:eek:

When he left, DH says well I guess there goes our 2010 Disney trip. I said Hold on there!!! We're going to Disney, I can live with sweat dripping off me for another two years:rotfl2:

Don't you agree;)

P.S. of course, we have fans in every room


Can't you call your electric/gas company and see how much they charge and then do a payment plan? this is what my MIL did.