The cost of putting in a new heating system is going to depend on a variety of things. The square footage of your house is a big factor. How’s your home's insulation? What type of system are you planning to buy? Each system has its own hardware and installation variable, so price points will vary. Are you converting to gas or oil? Add in the cost of running gas or oils lines to your house. Are you digging underground or is it all above ground, like solar? What system are you replacing? It’ll have to be removed and disposed of, so the more complicated or elaborate set up you have, the more it will cost to remove or install. Finally, you have to consider contractor fees. Luckily there are a lot of resources available to find quality candidates. To get a real idea of cost you will need to get estimates from contractors and/or full service hardware stores that sell and install systems.
Are you considering whether you need to replace your home’s central heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit—commonly known as your HVAC system? As a general rule, if your existing HVAC system is more than 15 years old, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to cost more to maintain than it would to replace it with a new system. In addition to higher energy bills brought on by a system that can no longer function at peak efficiency, repair costs will also start to add up as parts are replaced and the ventilation system undergoes major overhauls.
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If your furnace needs to be repaired, you’ll want to find a qualified heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) repair technician. Each state has its own licensing requirements; some require all HVAC technicians to have an HVAC license, while others only require someone operating an HVAC service and installation company with employees to hold a contractor’s license. For example, in Alabama, the Alabama Board of Heating Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors regulates licensing, while in Kansas there is no state regulatory body and HVAC licensing can vary by region. For simple furnace repairs like changing out a filter, a trusted handyman can probably handle the job, but a trained professional should be hired for tasks like replacing a gas valve, installing a new inducer fan motor or other critical furnace repair jobs that involve dealing with gas leaks or other dangerous conditions. For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.
Hydronic heating is a newer technology that is water or liquid based and uses green technologies to heat or cool your home. Water (or an alternative liquid), is heated and then sent through a network of tubing or piping that sits under the floors. This system literally heats the floor, and the heat then rises up to heat the room. Imagine no more cold floors on those chilly winter mornings! Hydronic heating is an efficient method of delivering heat cheap and leaves no carbon footprint.
In addition to the information below, see these two articles for the general care and maintenance of your air conditioner: Preparing Your Air Conditioner for Summer and How to Replace Furnace & AC Filters. Most noteworthy, you should replace the filters at least twice a year, before the heating and cooling seasons. For information on furnace problems, please see Furnace Not Working.
The cost to replace your entire unit is around $4,000. That expense can range from $2,500 to $5,900, depending on the type and brand of furnace you choose. Brands particularly have an impact on that price. A Goodman electric furnace, will only cost about $2,100 for the unit and labor. On the other hand, a Trane oil furnace may cost up to $9,000 all things considered. Our Furnace Installation Cost Guide can give you a better idea on both the general cost and the differences for brands like Amana, Bryant, Coleman, and others. The brand also plays into the repair cost for your furnace. Especially the prices of individual parts can change; a York heat exchanger, for example, can cost up to $1,900, while the same component from Heil will cost as little as $400.