Furnace went out and it was obvious from the smell that the induction motor was cooked. Touched the motor and it was very hot. Yep, it's dead.
Ordering from Amazon meant another day in February without a furnace so I looked to purchase locally. Local dealer wanted 256 dollars more for the unit alone, plus I suspect about 200 dollars for service and installation. We toughed it out and waited another day for this to arrive from Amazon. By waiting and doing it ourselves we believe we saved at least 450 dollars.
The installation was very easy and took about 15 minutes. I will say that the furnace does sound a bit louder and vibrates a bit more, but not much in either case. When you hear your furnace run over a 13 year period you do notice any slight changes. I did double-check to make sure everything was tight and symetrical on the install and it looks fine. I hope this unit lasts the 13 years the first one did.
I was told by the local dealer that these motors are getting harder to find because the furnace unit itself is near the end of it's lifespan. Not sure if that's actually true or not.