Unidentifiable Furnace

During yesterday’s flip inspection, if you call it that, I ran into a suspended furnace I had never run across before.
No labels. Only 3 sides visible.
Any help would be appreciated.

Shooting from hip, but older Rheems and Goodmans used that green metal casing. But I’m sure others did too. Sorry, but hopefully someone will recognize it.

Not for sure but Rheem sounds like it. And the green would seem like it was from the 60’s or so. So, have it service and budget for replacement because of the age and it is probably only 70%, or so, efficient, Robert.


Thanks Larry. I forgot to post the age of the home but that fits perfectly. The home was erected in 1966. Everything was original.

It was a half completed flip. One of the worst I have ever seen to date.

What struck me odd about the furnace, there was no where, no place on the cabinet or plenum, to change a filter. It is an inclosed sealed side mount ceiling furnace plenum with a supply and return ductwork attached at both ends. No humidifier or even a cover for maintenance.

Thanks again.

I agree with Larry, Robert. Probably a Rheem. Interestingly, I did a HI recently in a 60’s home that also had a furnace without a filter! At least I was able to open it up :smile:


Lived in a L. W. Beisinger Home built in 56. (Meadowdale) anyone in Chicagoland may be familiar. They also didn’t have filters. Central retun duct in hallway. Loud as fxxx

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Simple to report on … " The electric furnace was installed in a manner so that the data tag was not readily visible to me. The brand, age, size, etc is NOT known to me. I was unable to fully view or examine the entire heating controls, heat strips, etc. Verifying the integrity of these components would require intrusive testing by a heating specialist. I recommend a complete system evaluation by a licensed hvac professional prior to close".

Original equipment.

Curious … What was wrong with it? Did not come on / Did not heat / Made loud noises / Etc

Manufactured in 1966

We had one for 10 years in a rental that was a 1964. It worked like a charm and we only had to replace the thermocouple once. But it was only 60% efficient which meant 40 cents of every dollar of fuel went up the chimney.

Good thing it was a rental and we sold it with the same furnace in the home.

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I don’t know about Northwest Missouri but in Montreal, Quebec Canada nights go down to -4F. One would not want there 55 year old furnace needing replacement then.
The average life expectancy of an electric furnaces lasting is between 15 to 20 years.
And as you expressed, <60% efficient is throwing good money after bad. Electric furnaces are relatively inexpensive. It would pay for itself in no time while increasing overall comfort.

I’m in N/W Michigan and I agree with upgrading the furnace. Ours was gas.

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