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New Gas Furnace Cost in 2020: Replacement vs. Repair Costs – Buying Guide

Furnaces remain the most common way for homeowners in North America to heat their homes. This buying guide has all the research and information needed to help you understand your gas furnace options, so you can make a buying decision you’ll be happy with for the next 15-20 years.

The focus is on gas furnaces, since most furnaces are fueduled by natural gas (NG) or, with a simple gas valve change, liquid propane (LP). However, for comparison, we also briefly discuss oil furnaces.

New Gas Furnace Installation Cost

On average, you can expect to pay between $3,500 and $5,500 to install a mid-range gas furnace in a typical house. With replacements, the removal of the old furnace will add an additional $500 to the cost of installation.

When efficiency, size and performance are factored into the equation, expect the following unit pricing tears:

  • Basic: $750 to $1,550
  • Better: $1,100 to $2,350
  • Best: $1,850 to $2,900

Furnace installation costs are based on the complexity of the furnace, sheet metal work required to connect it to the existing ductwork, and how difficult it is to access the installation location such as a crawlspace or attic. Expect estimates for the installation work in these ranges:

  • Basic installation: $1,400 to $2,400
  • Mid-range installation: $1,750 to $2,900
  • High-end installation: $2,000 to $3,500

Gas Furnace Installation Cost Only (Not including the cost of the unit being installed)

Reasons to Get a New Furnace

New Gas furnace and Duct Work

via Holliday Heating

If you are in an exploratory mode and wondering if a new furnace is the right move, here are the top seven reasons to buy a new furnace:

  • Repair costs on an existing furnace are 50% or more of the cost of a new furnace (33% for a furnace 12-15 years old; 25% of a furnace that is 15+)
  • You’re staying put – the longer you plan to live in your current home, the more it makes sense to put the money into new equipment (and conversely, if moving soon, repairing the furnace might make more sense)
  • It’s a preemptive move – your furnace is running, but you don’t know for how long due to age and/or past repair issues (worth considering where winters are harsh!)
  • Your gas bills are rising because the furnace is losing efficiency due to age (though you might want to have it cleaned and maintained to see if it significantly improves efficiency before deciding whether to replace it)
  • You want to improve efficiency
  • You want to upgrade climate control
  • You’ve built a home or addition that needs heating

Furnace repair vs. replacement:

Some of you may have heard from an HVAC contractor that it is time for a new furnace, and perhaps you think the contractor is trying to sell you something you might not need.

Skepticism is healthy in the repair vs. replace discussion when it is informed skepticism. Here’s a secret: HVAC contractors often make more money with a both/and approach. Repair it now; replace it later.

Charlie Greer is a seasoned HVAC contractor who owns a website called HVAC Profit Boosters with the motto, “Helping plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractors become millionaires every day.” That tells you whose side he’s on. Speaking to HVAC contractors, Greer says:

Repair vs. Replace scenarios are tricky, because, once you bring up the topic of replacing the customer’s equipment, you stand the risk of the customer deciding to get bids, meaning that you could wind up getting neither the repair nor the replacement sale. In the long run, you make more money when they (homeowners) opt for the repair anyway. You get one repair now, possibly a few more down the road, then a higher price (due to inflation) when they ultimately replace it in the future.

Greer’s advice might be great for HVAC contractors, but not for homeowners. The bottom line is that if an HVAC contractor recommends replacing your furnace rather than repairing it, the person might be giving you sound advice, especially if the rationale involves some of the reasons from the above list.

Pro Tip: Make sure your HVAC contractor pulls a permit to install the new furnace, and that the job is properly inspected following the installation.

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Top 10 Gas Furnaces Delivering the Best Value: Costs by Model Installed

A great value gas furnace must be above average in quality and reliability, while also being priced competitively to make our list.

Low-quality, cheap gas furnaces don’t offer the best value because they don’t last long enough to justify the installation expense in the first place. Low quality furnaces are also more prone to breaking down in the middle of a nasty stretch of cold weather.

Value = good quality + reasonable cost

Your climate suitability for a particular model and the quality of the installation job also play an important role in the overall value you get.

Top 10 Gas Furnaces that Deliver the Best Value for the Money

  1. Day & Night G96VTN QuietComfort 96
  2. Trane S9X1
  3. Goodman GMVC96
  4. Payne 95 PG95ESA
  5. Armstrong Air A951E
  6. Goodman GMSS92
  7. Carrier Comfort 92 59SC2
  8. Day & Night N80ESN Performance 80
  9. Rheem Classic Series R801C/R801S
  10. Trane S8X1

That’s our list – and each model is reviewed below including cost, efficiency, performance, warranty and why it makes our list.

Before those reviews, we cover information about what makes for a good value gas furnace, installation costs, the cost of ductwork, if you need it, and other relevant information.

If you’d rather jump to the furnaces, select the Day & Night furnace that heads the list, and you’ll be taken directly to the reviews.

Gas Furnace Installation Cost – Warrantied Professional Installation/Labor

The professional installation part of your bill will be about $2,600 on average, if your installation is of average difficulty.

The range is from about $1,500 for a very simple installation (not including the furnace) in new construction (not including the cost of duct-work) to about $4,000 (not including the furnace) for more involved jobs where the gas line needs replacing and/or other variables come into play, requiring more materials and warrantied professional labor. A high-end, touchscreen, WiFi thermostat can also boost the cost of the overall job with a price tag of $500 or more.

Here’s a gas furnace installation cost breakdown showing where your money typically goes:

Gas Furnace Installation Cost Only (Not including the cost of the unit being installed)

The plenum connects the furnace to the hot air ducts. The return connects the furnace to the cold air return ducts.

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Central Air Conditioning Cost in 2020 – Buyer’s Guide

Staying cool during the sweltering heat of summer takes power. A fan helps, but doesn’t quite cut it. Portable air conditioners and window units are decent for a single room use.

via Red Star Air

For the whole house, you’ll want a central system that can maintain steady temperatures in multiple rooms. Central AC delivers on power, yet there are many units to select from in the current market. Our buyer’s guide will walk you through the primary considerations such as the appropriate models, installation costs, and other relevant factors to help you make the most informed decision.

Cost

In the current market, you can expect to spend between $4,500 and $8,500 for a full installation (replacement) of a central system. The national average cost for a basic installation is just under $6,000. This includes a new central AC outdoor unit and evaporator coil (split system), professional installation, any required building permits, and the workmanship warranty from the installer. It is assumed that most of the required ductwork is already in place.

The numbers provided above translate to a licensed HVAC contractor installing the most feasible central unit for your home. The installer’s expertise draws upon many factors, not the least of which is evaluating your current ductwork strengths and weaknesses, along with how well your home is insulated, and will therefore retain the cool energy in your home.

via US Veterans Home Services Inc.

Did you know? When added to an existing forced-air heating system with the existing ductwork already in place, a new central air unit for a typical 2,000 sq. ft. home will cost between $4,500 and $6,500 to install.

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