Your furnace is your most important appliance when the temperature drops. You need a heating system that works well during the coldest months to keep your family warm until the warmer weather arrives.
Therefore, it is important to address any issues with your gas furnace that occur in winter. With proper maintenance, furnaces can last many years.
If your furnace is not working, it may be necessary to have it replaced. While heat is vital, the thought that you will have to pay a large bill can send chills down your spine.
Don’t panic. We’ll explain the costs of replacing a gas furnace in this article. This will allow you to estimate your costs. We will also discuss some indications that you may need a new furnace, as well as maintenance tips.
What is the average cost of replacing a gas furnace?
The cost to replace a gas furnace with a new one can vary depending on which type of furnace you select and how complicated the installation is. Expect to pay between $2,000 to $6,000 to replace your gas furnace.
How important are these factors in determining the final cost of your furnace replacement? Three main components are important in determining the cost to replace your furnace.
- Furnace Type Prices for gas furnaces can vary depending on their efficiency or features. Although furnaces that are more efficient will cost you more initially, they can save you money over the long-term. Although a two-stage furnace can be more costly, it is more efficient and more consistent in maintaining warm temperatures than one-stage models.
- Furnace parts: Your HVAC professional will use compatible parts to install your furnace in your existing heating system. These items are usually included in the installation cost.
- Labour: You can expect at least one professional to work on your project for several hours. For complex or labor-intensive installations, these labor costs can quickly add up and reach $1,000.
What are the signs that my gas furnace needs to be replaced?
Our cost estimates show that replacing a gas furnace can be a substantial investment. A new furnace can be expensive so you should look for signs that it isn’t working properly.
These potential issues can be identified and addressed before you need professional assistance. An HVAC professional can diagnose the problem and either fix it before it gets worse or warn you about the possibility of your furnace needing replacement.
You may have a serious problem with your furnace if you observe any of these red flags.
Very little or no heat
The lack of heat is a sign that your furnace may be having problems. Your furnace may not be producing the heat you require.
Other components of your heating system could be the problem, such as ducts. It is worth seeking professional assistance to determine the cause of the problem.
Furnaces rarely go mute. If your furnace starts to make unusual sounds from the blower, motor or blower, it could be a sign of a mechanical problem. A whining sound or metallic clanging could indicate trouble with the appliance.
You should immediately seek professional assistance if you detect an unusual smell in the furnace’s vicinity. If you smell gas or see something burning, it is likely that there is something seriously wrong.
Start and stop
Your furnace might be turning on and off more often than heating your home for longer periods. This is usually a sign that your furnace shuts down after completing a heating cycle. The furnace then attempts to heat your home again quickly.
There are many reasons your furnace may be shut down prematurely. Many of these issues will not require a complete replacement. A qualified HVAC professional can diagnose the problem and recommend the best next steps.
Leaks and Puddles
Don’t let the liquid pool around the furnace’s base. It is important to find the source of the leak quickly. If water is coming from your furnace, it could indicate a serious problem and cause damage to your unit.
An Energy Bill Spike
The efficiency of a furnace that is inoperable will naturally drop. If your energy bill suddenly rises without any explanation (such a sudden drop in temperature), it could be a sign that your furnace is failing.
A higher bill could also alert you to other issues that may be ongoing. Are you feeling cold in particular areas of your house or did you have to turn up the heat more than usual? It may be time for expert help.
How long do gas furnaces last?
Although replacing a furnace is not something homeowners enjoy, it’s possible to find some comfort in knowing that you won’t have too often.
Although expert estimates can vary, a general rule of thumb states that gas furnaces will last 15 to 20%. Some furnaces can also last up to 30 years if they are maintained in the right conditions.
How the appliance is used will determine its longevity. A furnace that is exposed to harsh climates will wear out more quickly, while furnaces that are used less frequently may last for longer.
No matter where you live in the world, proper maintenance can prolong your gas furnace’s life expectancy. We’ll be sharing some tips on how to maintain your gas furnace and how to fix it.
How can I maintain and repair my gas furnace?
Regular Cleaning and Replacement of Filters
To give your furnace the care it needs, you don’t have to be a professional. First, clean your furnace’s filter once a month. If your manufacturer recommends it, you can do so more often. It’s easy to forget about this task, but clean filters will reduce your furnace’s monthly cost and prolong its life.
You’ll also need to clean your motor and blower regularly, getting rid of any dirt or dust that may reduce efficiency, or cause mechanical problems. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning these parts. Before you start, make sure your furnace is turned off.
You might consider hiring a professional to do a cleaning and maintenance check on your furnace before the cold weather hits. You’ll be less likely to lose heat if you have a professional conduct a check.
Professionals can clean furnace components that you won’t be able to reach with your own efforts, such as the oil filter and combustion chamber. This annual inspection can alert you to the fact that your furnace may be reaching its end of life and allow you to plan for replacement costs.
Most furnace problems don’t require a total replacement. An HVAC professional with the right qualifications can quickly diagnose and fix many problems. You may also be able avoid costly repairs later if you identify and fix furnace problems immediately.
You will need to find the right professional to properly perform essential maintenance and repairs.
How can I stay warm without spending a lot of money?
Although gas furnace replacement is not something homeowners look forward to, this article will help you estimate the cost. Sears Home Services is here to help you save when it comes time to replace your furnace.