U.S. households should expect to spend $5,500 on average when planning to buy a new gas furnace, although you could spend as low as $700 or even up to $13,000.
The location serves as an important factor for determining the actual cost of a new unit. If you live in Utah, you should know that the price of a new furnace installation in Salt Lake City or other cities could mean a separate expense. All Hours Plumbing and HVAC shares some insights to help you make a good decision.
Choosing a New Unit
Some of the cheapest brands in the market include the standard value series from Rheem Furnace, which cost between $700 and $1,250 for just a furnace unit. The high-efficiency Prestige RGFG model costs between $1,175 and $1,400, but it doesn’t include installation. The high-efficiency Infinity 96 model from Carrier is among the most expensive with a price ranging from $4,500 to $13,000, including installation.
That said, it’s better to spend on a new unit that includes the price of installation. You could buy from a legitimate distributor and find a contractor for installation, but make sure the technician is familiar with the furnace model.
You should attempt to fix basic issues, such as dirty filters with your furnace before hiring a plumber or replacing the furnace. Dirty filters generally cause most of the common problems, including limited airflow.
Experts recommend changing filters at least once a month or depending on how dirty the filter becomes in a given period. Otherwise, you may end up spending more on repairing the entire heating system due to a neglected filter.
When choosing a new furnace, it’s important to look at the long-term performance and energy efficiency instead of the upfront costs. You may save a lot by buying the cheapest unit, but think carefully if it’s a worthwhile purchase in terms of quality, durability, and efficiency.