Within the last decade, you may have bought a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, AND clothes dryer. You may be used to selecting, purchasing, and installing such items. In fact, you may already have a favorite retailer that you return to when needing a new appliance.
But, most homeowners don’t need a new furnace every decade. So, if you never bought a furnace but need a new oil or gas furnace keep reading. We will tell you about the purchase and installation process of a new heating system.
Step-By-Step Furnace Installation Process
1. Find a furnace technician.
You might not have a “go-to” furnace retailer as you do for other appliances. That is OK. Ask friends, family, and neighbors for furnace recommendations. Once you get a few names, check out their websites and read online furnace reviews. This should help you narrow your search to two or three furnace contractors.
2. Get several bids.
When buying something as significant as a new furnace system, you must get a few bids from reputable companies in your area. We know that some of you might be sitting in a home with less than ideal temperature while contemplating your purchase. If possible, invite a few heating and cooling companies into your home to give you a bid on a new furnace system.
3. Schedule an in-home furnace consultation.
After you have chosen a furnace contractor, it is time for them to come to your home for a furnace consultation. The furnace consultant will ask about your heating needs, inspect your current furnace system, and take measurements. With this information, the consultant can help you choose the right oil, gas, or electric furnace for your home heating system.
4. Receive and review the furnace estimate.
The furnace contractor will provide you with a furnace estimate that includes the cost of the furnace, installation, and any other necessary items (e.g., ductwork). Be sure to read the entire estimate carefully before signing anything. If you have questions, be sure to ask the furnace contractor for clarification.
5. Schedule the furnace installation date.
Once you have reviewed and signed the furnace estimate, it is time to schedule the furnace installation date. The furnace installation process usually takes a few days. Be sure to clear your schedule so that you can be home when the furnace installers need access to your home.
6. Prepare your home for the furnace installation.
On the day of the heater installation, the furnace installers will need clear access to your old heating system and ductwork. This might mean moving furniture or removing decorations from walls. If you have a pet, you might want to make arrangements for them to stay with a friend or neighbor while contractors install your furnace.
7. The furnace installers arrive and begin the installation.
The furnace installers will arrive at your home on the scheduled date and time. They will inspect the work area, put on their safety gear, and begin installing your new furnace. This usually takes a few days.
8. Inspect the furnace installation.
Once the furnace installation is complete, the furnace installers will clean up the work area and complete a final inspection of the furnace. They will also show you how to use your new furnace system. Be sure to ask any questions that you have about operating your new furnace.
9. Schedule a post-installation furnace inspection.
It is important to have your new furnace system inspected by a qualified heating and cooling contractor. This should be done within the first year after installation. The furnace inspection will ensure that your furnace is operating safely and efficiently.
The Cost of a New Furnace Installation
The furnace installation cost will vary depending on the size of your home, the type of furnace you select, and the complexity of the job.
On average, furnace installation costs range from $1,500 to $4,500, with most homeowners spending around $2,100 on average for a new furnace.
Of course, these furnace installation prices only reflect the cost of the furnace itself. In most cases, you will also need to factor in the cost of:
If your home doesn’t have existing ductwork, you will need to add it. This can add $2,000 to $5,000 to your furnace installation cost.
Some areas require permits for furnace installation. This can add $100 to $500 to your total furnace installation cost.
The average furnace installation takes around eight hours to complete. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 per hour for labor, depending on the complexity of the job and the experience of the installer.
In some cases, you may be able to find furnace installation rebates or furnace tax credits to help offset the cost of your new furnace. Be sure to ask your HVAC contractor about any available furnace discounts before you sign a contract.
Contact HOP Energy for Furnace Assistance
If you live in the Northeast, consider reaching out to HOP Energy. We are experts in all types of modern furnaces (oil-fired furnaces or gas furnaces) Besides helping you pick the most energy efficient furnace for your house, we will also show you how to save money by upgrading your air conditioning system at the same time.
Contact HOP Energy today, and we will connect you with our HVAC branch in your area.