How Much Should You Spend on a New Gas Furnace?

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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.

Basic Repairs

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.