There's a team in the basement putting in a new furnace as I write. They got the old one out in short order, realized they didn't have an external filter rack, and had to go pick one up before proceeding. I'm all for the filter rack -- it had gotten to quite a challenge getting a new filter in place and stuck onto the sheet-metal screws that held the return duct to the side of the furnace. It's much simpler to drive the screws from the outside, but the ends impinged on the filter area. I kept meaning to turn them around but it was going to be such an awkward job that I put it off.
(This is the filter area that I had to bend up a new retainer rod for -- we found a "permanent" filter flapping in the breeze during the home inspection and specified that needed to be fixed. The seller called in a HVAC contractor to get it done, then included their receipt for the work in the final paperwork. And yet, when I checked after the sale? Same permanent filter, poorly secured and flapping away. I guess that company didn't want to do any work in this house again, ever, and figured the guy selling the house wasn't going to check on them. I threw away the useless filter, measured the space, fabricated a retainer to fit the brackets, and started using good pleated-paper filters.)
The HVAC company I use is the same one my previous landlord used at my old place. They have a 24-hour number, and my landlord encouraged using it (why should he take the call in the middle of the night when the tenant could call the furnace man themselves?) They have outstanding service guys and are happy to show and explain their work.
The new furnace is a bit shorter than the old one, so there's an adapter between it and the A-coil for the air-conditioning. I have refrained from hovering but I was just down to see if they had asked for me (they needed to see our thermostat, and had a replacement if needed -- the same model we already have). It looks like they're making good progress.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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