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Old 08-03-2012, 06:32 PM
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Default How much should a furnace blower motor cost?

I came home today and my furnace (a/c) blower motor was humming an smoking. Called for service and the tech says I need a new motor. $600 for a 1/3 HP 115v motor. That seems high to me. Is that reasonable?

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Old 08-03-2012, 06:56 PM
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i would check www.granger.com or even home depot & or lowes. $600.00 is a lot of money. should only be a couple 100.00 or so.
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Does that also include installation? Even with installation that's high...
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75 to around 125 bucks unless you are trying to heat a 30,000 square foot building

I bought mine for 91 dollars at a Farm and Fleet
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75 to around 125 bucks unless you are trying to heat a 30,000 square foot building

I bought mine for 91 dollars at a Farm and Fleet


226 Installed last year.
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I had mine replace at the beginning of last winter. $300 bucks and that included installation....
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Depending on the unit but 63.35 my price, so 100.00 would be the norm and plus install...

Norm price for a install is 250.00 including part...

50.00 trip charge
100 for part
100 for labor
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Well I've already paid $60 to get them out here. He quoted $600 for the motor and put it in tomorrow. I just confirme that it includes labor. I did call 2 more local companies and got prices of $550 and $675. Looking at the Grainger web site I think I could buy a motor for less than $150. I know the company needs to make a profit so I think $400 including labor would still be high.

It's hot here and if I don't get it replaced tomorrow it will probably cost me a couple of nights in a hotel.

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motor could be from $50 to 125.$500 to$750, that about what our company get to install one. we give a 1yr warrenty on our work. the company tries tp get about 500% markup so if we have to go back and replace it during the 1 yr warranty we still make money. it's bad but most companies now-a-days goes by flat rate pricing, where a consulting company does a survey of the area and see what most companies charge and set a price for you. sometimes the tech will give a really high estermate so as to try and sell you a new furnace, they make sell bonusis. thats why they don't let me do service call because i try and help folk out by giving some discount or $50 gift card we use to help sell the jobs. i mostly do installing of job and some commercial job nobody else can't do. if you can do some repairs you can problly replace it yourself. look to see if there's a johnstone supply near you, they'll have the motor. you can call me if you think you might want to try and replace it and i'll talk you thru it. don my phone #s are in my member imfo.
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With the heat that has been around they may just be charging a premium price because they are so busy and working overtime.

There has to be a parts supplier near you that you can get a blower motor from and do it yourself. Its not that hard. Go get the model numbers off of your furnace and look it up on the internet. then you will now just how much hide the tech is after.

It sounds like you (and everyone in the area) are being taken advantage of just because the heat is unbearable without AC.
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go buy one and put it in it doesn't take very long.
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I'm certain I could install the motor. The problem is finding a motor on the weekend. I figure I'm getting ready to pay premium to be cool on the weekend.

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You're also paying premium time (Saturday) labor to get it installed. It should take less than an hour to install it.

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We charge 227.00 . 175.00 for the motor and labor and a 52.00 service call . Im low in the area but we stay very busy.
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find a motor shop, pull the squirrel cage and take the whole thing in, they will slap a new motor in cheaper and set the wires so you just plug and go. These are common and should be in stock.
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