If it’s time to replace your aging gas furnace, cost is the first thing on your mind, right?
So how much will replacing your furnace cost you when all is said and done? Well, in the Phoenix area, a furnace installation costs anywhere from $2,300 to $10,000.
We know that’s a big price range. But without inspecting your home and heating needs, it’s tough to give an accurate price.
But we can give you 4 rules of thumb for estimating your furnace installation cost:
We’ll explain each of these factors below.
Want an accurate furnace replacement price? Just contact us. We’ll send over a tech to perform a free in-home consultation then offer you a fair, honest price.
Every furnace has an “AFUE” (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. And the higher the AFUE rating, the higher the cost of the furnace.
Why? Well, a higher AFUE rating means a more efficient unit (and lower monthly heating costs).
Here’s how it works:
The AFUE rating is a ratio of how much heat the furnace provided over the course of a year divided by the amount of fossil fuel energy it consumed.
For example, an AFUE of 80% means that:
Another way of looking at it is an AFUE of 80% means that for every dollar you spend on heating your home, 80 cents goes toward actual heating and the other 20 cents is wasted.
AFUE ratings range from 80% to 98.7%.
At the very minimum, we suggest you get an 80% AFUE furnace (the federal minimum). But we suggest going even higher. Why? Well, come 2021, the federal minimum standard for gas furnaces could be raised to 92% AFUE.
Ultimately, though, you’ll want to ask a professional HVAC tech for advice on the AFUE rating you really need.
A furnace is sized by how much heat it provides in an hour. This measurement of heat output is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Unit).
Residential furnaces typically range in size from 30,000 BTUs to 100,000+ BTUs.
But the most important thing to remember is that you don’t get to pick the size furnace you want. Instead, a professional needs to perform a load calculation that will determine the size furnace you need.
A load calculation will tell you how quickly hot air escapes from/cold air enters your home. And this will tell you the correct size furnace you need.
Without a load calculation, you’ll likely end up with either an:
Pro tip: Don’t assume that you’re fine replacing your current furnace with one of the same size.
Most furnaces in Phoenix homes were sized incorrectly from the very beginning. And that’s usually because a lazy tech didn’t bother to perform a load calculation. Instead, they cut corners and only looked at the home’s square footage when sizing the furnace (which is only one factor out of many you should consider).
The bottom line? Make sure that you hire a professional who performs a true load calculation to ensure you get the right size furnace.
Not all furnaces are the same. Some come with advanced features that increase your comfort but also raise the price of the unit.
Some of these advanced “comfort features” include:
The more difficult it is to replace your furnace, the more you’ll have to pay for time and labor (and possibly materials).
Some examples of “difficult” furnace replacements include:
If you want to know exactly how much it will cost to replace your current furnace, just contact us.
We’ll send over a tech to perform a load calculation and give you an estimate—all for FREE.