How Much Should Your Furnace Cost You?
Whether it’s a new model just waiting to be installed, or an older furnace in need of maintenance or repair, you know one thing: you don’t want to see the bill at the end of the day. Your furnace service cost may not be nearly where you think. Let’s get into what you can expect to pay, on average, for your furnace service.
Installing a Brand New Furnace
This is going to heavily rely on what brand of furnace you choose, but remember one thing: you get what you pay for. Even when that age-old saying isn’t on our minds, it still seems to hold truth to it. Between the cost of the physical furnace, and the intricacy of the installation process, your costs will fluctuate.
Servicing a Pre-Existing Furnace
If it isn’t broken beyond repair, and it’s up to date with the energy efficiency requirements of your home, there’s no reason to put in a whole new unit. Getting your unit repaired doesn’t have to cost a lot—it all depends on what’s wrong with it, and how much that part is going to cost, as well as labor spent on the repair. In the end, this is still going to save you far more money than immediately opting for a brand new unit. If this is the second or third recent repair, you may want to squirrel away some cash for a new unit.
How Do I Know If I Need Furnace Service?
- Is your energy bill rapidly on the rise? You could be pumping money right out the door. Take all the necessary possibilities into consideration: has your electricity/gas service fees gone up? Has there been severe weather and you’ve been relying on your furnace a lot? If you can rule out all the rest, your unit may just be getting old, and having a hard time keeping up with the output.
- Is your heater making clanging sounds like there’s a demon trapped in there? If you have to say aloud, “I don’t think it’s supposed to make that noise,” then that’s a pretty clear indication that it shouldn’t be making that noise. Parts could be loose, or pipes could be suffering high levels of heat buildup. Time to get it checked out.
- Is your unit turning off on its own without your say-so? Some units—even older models—have safety switches built right in. If it senses that there’s a problem with the main unit, then the safety switches can flick into effect and continuously shut down your unit.
- Does it just always feel chilly? If your unit isn’t outputting enough heat, you’re going to feel cold spots all around the house, and that’s certainly not going to do. Your older furnace just isn’t keeping up with the demands.
- How many repairs have you had recently? If the costs are adding up to be more trouble than the unit is worth, it could just be on its way out from too many damaged parts. At that point, it’s easier to install an entirely new unit. Save the headaches, enjoy your heater’s perfect capabilities from here on out.