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Things to Know When Replacing Your Furnace

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At one point or another, you’ll need to replace the furnace at your home or business. Selecting the right make, model, and contractor can be trying. We fully understand that. This is why we’ve decided to put together this quick guide to selecting, purchasing, and installing a replacement furnace.

When Is It Time for a Replacement Furnace?

While there’s no exact way to predict when your current furnace will reach the end of its service life, there will be indicators and warning signs the end is near. Here are a few:

  • If your furnace’s age is nearing the 15-year mark, you may want to begin setting aside money for a replacement. While the actual service life of a furnace will vary depending on its usage and maintenance, most units average about 15 to 20 years.
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  • If your furnace seems to be breaking down more often, it may be on its last legs. A furnace tends to have more frequent issues the final two years of its service life. If it gets to the point where you’re calling your HVAC tech more and more for emergency furnace repair, it may actually be more cost efficient to replace the unit.
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  • If your HVAC tech has mentioned that your furnace isn’t properly sized for your home, you’ll want to seriously consider replacing it. Running an incorrectly sized furnace will lead to comfort control issues inside your home or business. Excessive energy will be consumed and money will be wasted. Replacing this unit is your best option to reduce energy costs, improve indoor comfort, and save money. You’ll just need a qualified HVAC expert to calculate your home or building’s heating load to ensure any replacement unit is properly sized.
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    What Is the Cost to Install a Replacement Furnace?

    Furnace installation prices will vary from one home to the next. The average cost nationally is generally around $4,000. It could be more or less depending on energy efficiency, system capacity, fuel source, and other features. Any need for changes to ductwork or air sealing requirements might also increase the cost of installation.

    Keep in mind that any quote to install a replacement furnace will also include the cost of your HVAC contractor’s time and labor.

    Things to Research Before a Replacement Furnace Installation

    Contractors – If you don’t already have an HVAC contractor, make sure you research your options in your area and get at least a few quotes. Family and friends are always good for recommendations. Be sure to check out any contractor’s web presence; particularly their online reviews. You’ll want to choose someone with a solid reputation, proper licensing, and insurance.

    Furnace Makes & Models – Ideally, you’ll have an HVAC contractor you trust navigating you through this process. There are many furnace manufacturers and models to choose from. Your HVAC specialist will assess your home or building’s needs and recommend a system with the features and efficiency you want.

    How To Prep For a Replacement Furnace Installation

    Once your installation is scheduled, make sure the area is accessible for your contractor to work. Clear out at least a six-foot space from where the furnace is being installed.

    From there, your licensed HVAC technician will ensure your replacement furnace is safely installed for optimal performance for many years to come.


    CALL TOPNOTCH HEATING & AIR FOR REPLACEMENT FURNACE INSTALLATIONS IN PITTSBURGH

    If you’re in the city of Pittsburgh or its suburbs, don’t hesitate to call TopNotch Heating & Air to assess whether it’s time for a replacement furnace installation in your home or business. Coupons for these services can be found on our website and we can be reached at 412-381-0598.

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