Furnace Installation FAQs
We understand you haver questions. Don't worry, we have answers. Find below a few common asked questions regarding new furnace replacement installation.
How much does furnace installation cost?
The average cost across the nation of a new furnace replacement installation is about $4,000. Many factors affect cost however, including duct installation or repairs necessary for current home heating systems transition to the new equipment.
How is equipment size determined for my furnace installation?
Faith Heating & Cooling Technicians will reference HVAC Manual J to determine the heat load of your home to size your new furnace. This calculation considers many factors related to the home’s construction, occupants, and exterior elements for accuracy.
How can I tell how efficient a furnace is?
If you want high efficiency new furnace or heating system models for furnace installation, look for furnaces with an AFUE in the 90s. AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization ratio. It tells you how much heat the furnace creates for every dollar of heating fuel the unit consumes. The most common furnaces are standard 80% AFUE and all new furnaces must have an AFUE of 80. The highest efficiency models have a rating of around 98 AFUE.
Can I perform my own furnace installation?
New Furnace installation requires advanced technical knowledge and skills to ensure a safe and accurate installation. If you don’t have this knowledge, its a good idea to leave installing your furnace to the professionals.
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Furnace Replacement FAQs
Did you know that maintenance is the best thing you can do for your home heating system? As the heating system operates, over time the components that the system uses to heat your home need adjustments and cleaning to operate normally and efficiently. Lack of maintenance is the #1 reason people have to replace a heating system prematurely.
How long will my furnace last before I need to replace it?
The average forced air furnace offers a service life of 15 - 20 years. With yearly maintenance, your new furnace will last longer more than likely. Without it, it may fail sooner a lot sooner than 15 years. Water & steam boiler heating systems will last much longer but require maintenance to keep it efficient and running for up to 35 years.
Should I repair my furnace or do a furnace replacement?
If your furnace is close to the end of its estimated operational service life and frequent breakdowns occur, you should probably choose new furnace replacement instead of repair. When facing repairs totaling over 50 percent of the cost to buy a new furnace, replacing the furnace may be a better investment especially since the furnaces offered today will pay for themselves in comparison to your current systems energy usage. Efficiency standards are higher, consuming less energy and saving you money.
Is it best to replace my furnace with the same type or one that uses a different fuel source?
Switching from electric to natural gas heat can lower your operating costs. Natural gas furnaces are more efficient to run, and natural gas typically costs less than electricity. Many factors can affect the savings switching can generate for you, such as if you already have natural gas lines installed or if you will need to have them ran to your home. Home boiler heating systems that use radiators and piping throughout the house can be switched over to forced air systems with the uninstallation of the radiators, piping and boiler system currently in use. Ducting, and all necessary components needed for forced air systems need to be installed to supply air to your rooms. Most systems can use the existing wiring and gas connections that the boiler used to operate the furnace. This type of installation is usually the most expensive type of home heating installation/uninstallation. Each home is different however, equipment size and the overall size of the home will determine cost differential.
What’s the best time of year to schedule furnace replacement?
Furnace replacements and new furnace installations take place year-round. Ideally, you will want to schedule this in the spring or fall. These are periods where heating and cooling contractors are generally not as busy. You’ll have more flexibility in scheduling the job and may be able to take advantage of pre and post season deals.
Should I replace my air conditioner at the same time as furnace replacement?
Replacing a new furnace and new air conditioners is best to create a balanced HVAC system. Both sides of the equipment (heating & cooling) share air handlers, blower motors, and indoor coils, so upgrading all equipment together can ensure all components are properly matched and have the same efficiency ratings. If you have a old indoor coil for your air conditioner and replace the outside unit with a new efficient coil, the new system will only run to the efficiency of the old indoor coil. This also puts a strain on the equipment, shortening its life span. If both systems are 10+ years old and have had a lengthy repair history, you should replace them all at the same time. If one is newer, it may not be financially smart to replace it just for the sake of matching the systems. Many manufacturers require matching equipment on both end for the extended warranties offered on the equipment.
If you have unanswered questions about furnace replacement and furnace installation, feel free to contact the Faith Heating & Cooling team of furnace experts. If you are ready to purchase and install a new furnace, we’ll help you get the best price and professionalism that can handle the job.
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