______________________________________________________________________ I have Clare Furnace, it is about 14 years old. I like to ask if anyone knows where to get parts like the ignitor, exhaust fan, etc…In the past 14 years, I had to replace the ignitor 3 times, exhaust fan once, and the blower motor manual/auto switch once. I currently have the insurance from Direct Energy and it is quite costly. If you guys know to direct me to get Clare parts , I will replace them by myself. Thank you. Replies: hvacfixr “Re(1):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Tue 23 Jan 21:17 ______________________________________________________________________ To be quite honest with you, you might be better off keeping the plan with direct energy or replacing the furnace. Our suppliers don’t sell to end users and if they did you would pay a premium. Licenced Refrigeration Mech./Gas Tech. in Toronto Canada. Paul Le “Re(2):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Tue 23 Jan 21:28 ______________________________________________________________________ Thanx so much for your fast reply. I was thinking to replace this unit but I don’t know where to start, I have been looking at different mfgr like Keeprite, Coleman,Carrier and Lennox but I can’t decide on any yet. I have a 2400sqt home, do you have any suggestion ? Our Clare furnace is 70,000BTU, if I buy the 100,000BTU is there any advantage ??? hvacfixr “Re(3):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Tue 23 Jan 21:45: ______________________________________________________________________ If the 70,000 btu is sufficient, then I would stick with that size. It is better to undersize a furnace rather than oversize. The best thing is to have a heat load calculation performed. As per what unit, stick to name brands (Lennox,Carrier,York,etc.) It’s not always the brand you pick but the contractor you choose/installer you end up with that is most important. Noticed you live in Mississauga. A good company in your area is Atlas air. They have been around for years and know a few guys that work there and I hear good things about the company from them and in the field. I work for a different company and have no ties to ATlas. Licenced Refrigeration Mech./Gas Tech. in Toronto Canada. [this message was edited by hvacfixr on Tue 23 Jan 21:51] Paul Le “Re(4):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Tue 23 Jan 21:58 ______________________________________________________________________ What is the heat load calculation? Do I have to get a techician in to do this? Why is undersize better than oversize? I thought buying bigger furnace woud give me more air (bigger blower) for the upper floor from the registers. Thanks again for your help. TKG26 “Re(5):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Wed 24 Jan 06:39 ______________________________________________________________________ I’m a tech with Direct Energy.
Your best bet is to stick with the HIP program or replace the unit. As you probably have seen on our invoices the cost of repairing is expencive. So a plan with us or a plan with someone else is recomended on most furnaces.. Our Sales staff are equipt to do proper heat loads when they come out to quote you on new equipment. And ensure duct work is up to snuff… When they come out they it takes 60-90minutes for them to do a proper quote and show u the various models. They all carry laptops and internet so they can get you all the latest info on what we carry. Currently we sell TRANE and AMMANA. Trane has been great for us the last few years, and AMMANA we just picked up this year. They carry a lifetime furnace replacement warranty if the heat exchanger fails. Most only replace the heat exchanger.. Anyway enough with the sales pitch.. Megasaves are problematic, but there not impossible to keep running. HSI replacements is a fact of life some go through more then others, due to there single large burner on the mega those HSI see alot more heat then multiburner units wich could add to the wear and tear on them SIGNATURE “Always have a licensed HVAC technician perform repairs on your equipments. HVAC is not a do-it-your-self home project.” hvacfixr “Re(5):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Tue 23 Jan 22:12 ______________________________________________________________________ Heat load calculation in basic terms is mathimatical figures/program we use to measure the heat loss and heat gain in your house so we can properly size your furnace and a/c. Some things that we take into account is size of house,insulation,windows,construction,just to name a few. It is a quick program that a sales rep. or tech can use. A larger than needed furnace will short cycle,overheat (not a good thing),and cost you more in heating bills. Bigger is never better in this business, a properly matched system is what you want. Licenced Refrigeration Mech./Gas Tech. in Toronto Canada. TKG26 “Re(6):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Wed 24 Jan 07:46 ______________________________________________________________________ By the way is yours the Double wide unit? 3 doors? Take a close look at the transition peice that joins primary to secondary heat eachanger. They are prone to rotting out from the back side, flashlight and a mirror will confirm that. The newest version used stainless steel wich dont fail SIGNATURE “Always have a licensed HVAC technician perform repairs on your equipments. HVAC is not a do-it-your-self home project.” kimmy “Re(7):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Sat 3 Feb 21:44 ______________________________________________________________________ DON’T use a big name manufacturer. They will give you the bargaing of the century. But when the warranty wears out, they will soak you for all you are worth for parts. Stick with small companies like Keeprite, Tempstar, etc. All wholesalers have their parts at a lower price than the big name companies. 30+ years in the HVAC/R trade. Started when equipment was repaired not replaced. Still feel the same way. TKG26 “Re(8):Clare (Megasave) Furnace” , posted Sat 3 Feb 21:50 ______________________________________________________________________ Name brand or not, when the warranty runs out you should be on a parts and labour contract. Labour rates are high and weather its a keeprite or a carrier there is no such thing as a cheap repair cost. Both suck and no one enjoys paying to repair there furnace. Name brands typically give u more out of the box warranty so u dont need to pay for service plans so soon. Avoid the old builders models really cheap to buy but only 1 year warranty SIGNATURE “Always have a licensed HVAC technician perform repairs on your equipments. HVAC is not a do-it-your-self home project.”