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Question DetailsAsked on 1/5/2018

how much should i pay for a rebuild draft inducer motor for carries furnace

my furnace went out and the guy said I needed a draft inducer motor. But he reset something and the furnace came on. he told me to turn the heat up and I did... the furnace stop working. he stated that if he rebuild the motor it would cost 375, but if he purchased the unit it will cost $500....the guy stay every bit of 10/15 minutes ...he returned after 5:30pm & stayed another 15/20 minutes and was going....he also ask me to personally write the check in his man and provided a company receipt. He left one small box that the motor came in and said "your other boxes are in the truck?

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Writing the check in his name rather than the company name sounds like a red flag - if I were you I would be calling the company during business hours and ask to speak to the owner, and (assuming this is not a one-man outfit) let him know about this - the guy could well be stealing revenue from the company. Or he may not even be working for them anymore and be using their old phone number and invoices without their knowledge.

Cost depends on exact model of course, but the rebuild kit commonly runs about $75-125 - a factory reconditioned/rebuilt inducer blower is commonly about $200-300 billout range ($125-225 wholesale cost), a brand new one about $300-500 commonly. So - the $500 "purchased" price he gave you would have hopefully been for a new, not reconditioned unit. Rebuilding the motor himself would commonly run about 1/2-1 hour labor plus the 1/2-2 hours (at typically around $125 plus or minus $25-50 per hour) to remove and replace (some are a bear to get at, even requiring heat exchanger removal in some cases - others are a snap) - so $500-1000 bills for the total job cost are not unusual.

Here is a previous similar question with answer FYI:

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