If so, you were wrong. Totally NOT a fun purchase :(
I got home from work last Tuesday night and our house was feeling a little on the cold side. I cranked the furnace up a few more degrees, and all the sudden I hear what sounds like metal popping, whining, and crunching. Low and behold, our furnace sputtered out! Tear!
Early the next day we had 3-different companies come out to look at what was going on, and they ALL came back with the same answer... That there was a huge crack in the heat exchanger, it was dangerous to run, and we needed a new one. It was suuuuuuuper old (27-years!) so I can't say we weren't expecting this! However, I was JUST starting to feel like we were in the clear for this year given that spring is right around the corner! Alas, I spoke too soon.
Since our AC unit is 14-years old, each company told us it is much more efficient (time and money wise) to replace them simultaneously. Again, no surprise. SO, thats what we did.
Even if you are anticipating it and had savings for it like we did, it still is a huge sticker shock. It pretty much made me feel sick to stomach to have to write a check that big for something that you really never think twice about and provides no gratification. (Ok, I was freezing... Feeling heat again was extremely gratifying.. but you know what I mean!)
Anyway, I hope and pray you have a new furnace and AC at your house! If not, I recommend start saving NOW!!!