Simply put, the larger the furnace the more expensive it is.
If a furnace is
undersized, it may cost less to install, but it will be unable to maintain your home's temperature during the harsh winter months.
If a furnace is
oversized it will be noisier, use more power, require frequent repairs, and leave the home with hot and cold spots.
Sizing the furnace correctly is an important and complex procedure best left to the professionals.
There are a variety of features that factor into your installation cost:
Variable Speed Motor
Now that you are in the market to replace your furnace system you are likely curious about the cost.
In the Fraser Valley, the price for a complete replacement of a furnace system is approximately
$4,499, but prices range between
$3,499 to over
Why the large range? There are a number of considerations that contribute to the total cost of your complete furnace installation.
While the internal components of each furnace brand are often built by the same one or two manufacturers the sticker on the front will affect the price. Major brands like Lennox, Carrier and Rheem will typically cost more than similar equipment under the Armstrong, Payne or Ameristar brands. That said, there are several benefits to paying for a major brand.
Companies like Rheem offer specialized training to Authorized Dealers to ensure you get the best installation of their product.
Authorized Dealers often have access to direct tech support with manufacturers which limits possible down time.
Major brands use the latest technology to provide the quietest, most efficient and longest lasting furnaces
New furnaces require special, gas rated, plastic chimneys. The location of your furnace within the home dictates the cost of installation. For example, a furnace located against an exterior wall may not require much additional work; however, a furnace situated in the middle of your home may require a labour intensive install affecting the overall cost.
Furnaces produce condensation that must be safely discarded. In some homes there is no useable drain near the furnace and additional components such as pumps will need to be used.
Most replacements require very little modification to the duct work. Some homes, specifically older homes (1970s and older), may require significant duct work alterations due to duct size, location or condition.
With the upgrade to a higher tier furnace, the home may require a more capable thermostat. Communicating thermostats require 4 wires while non-communicating thermostats may require up to 12 wires for full functionality. By comparison most homes in Chilliwack built before 1999 have 2-4 wires. The requirement of adding additional wiring will affect the price of installation.
Unlike other household appliances a furnace cannot simply be plugged in. A furnace must be integrated into your home and should be completed by a qualified professional backed by a reputable company. Employing a company with high standards will influence the value of your installation both short term and long term.
You can expect to pay more for a company that:
qualified to determine the size requirements for the system
highly trained installers
is associated with industry standard groups (TECA, Fortis, BBB, etc.)
You may pay less for an individual or company:
great reputation locally and on-line
without insurance or valid licenses
who offers little to
The adage holds true. "You get what you pay for." Systems that are installed correctly and maintained properly have long lives, produce great comfort and low utility bills. Whereas systems improperly installed function incorrectly, require frequent repairs, and can increase your utility costs.
Make sure your company:
has a bad or non-existant local or online reputation (no website, reviews, unmarked vehicle)
Provides you a
written and detailed quote. You should feel comfortable asking related questions. A professional should be able to respond to your questions with confident and assuring answers
provide details regarding the equipment they will be installing. Don't get caught with a contractor installing a product he/she has never seen or worked on before
written warranty and has a guarantee on their work
Is insured and possesses a valid gas license
good on-line reviews (Google, Homestars, Facebook, etc...) A contractor with active and positive on-line reviews is a good indication that they are looking to make their clients happy not just make a buck