Getting a new furnace is rarely a stress-free experience. You’re either replacing one that is showing its age and costing a lot of money to run – or your furnace gave-out without warning. Both situations are stressful. Luckily, a little information can go a long way in increasing your peace of mind and preparedness for home updates and improvements.
That’s why we want to share with you all the information you need to know when getting a new furnace estimate.
What will a new furnace cost?
In an ideal world, the first step in getting a new furnace is having a budget in mind to be able to save for it accordingly. There are a lot of factors that go into how much a new furnace can cost (so many in fact, that we wrote an entire blog on the topic). Generally speaking though, the average cost of a reputable new high-efficiency furnace in Calgary is between $4,000 and $7,500. This will include the cost of the furnace, plus installation services. No one likes surprises in cost for big-ticket items like this, so when you agree to a quote be sure to ask and make sure that the quote you’re receiving is all-in.
Important factors to cover during the quoting process
The quoting process is about more than cost alone, it ensures that you get the right service, product, and vendor to take care of your furnace needs. Finding the right partner can set you up for years of easy home maintenance and furnace reliability. To make sure you’ve found that partner and cover those installation needs, here are the things you need to cover during the quoting process:
Your house might have some quirks or difficulties that may add complexity to your installation, or limit your choice or replacement furnaces. If identified in advance, any such concerns will be factored into the estimate.
Basements with small stairwells and limited access can be one concern. In rare cases, furnaces are located in narrow crawl spaces, which adds to the installation time.
Another challenge in some older homes is that the furnace and ductwork may be lined with asbestos. Once commonly used for insulation, asbestos is known to cause cancer and is hazardous when moved or disturbed. For this reason, special steps must be taken to ensure its safe removal and disposal.
Venting-related issues can also affect the work required. Today, most furnaces are vented out the side of the house. However, the building code requires a minimum of 1 m between the house foundation and the property line on the side of the home where the furnace vents. If proper setbacks or clearance to fresh air intakes, windows, or meters don’t exist, the vent may need to be rerouted out the back or front of the house or in extreme cases through the chimney chase.
If a traditional, older-model “Natural Draft” hot water tank (with a draft hood) is retained when a new high-efficiency furnace is installed, a chimney liner will need to be installed in the existing flu stack. In some cases, flu stacks have offsets and/or screws, which can make installation of the chimney liner difficult or impossible and may add time and expense to a new furnace installation. In rare cases, the only option is to install a Power Vented Hot Water Tank in place of the existing Natural Draft Tank.
In some cases the thermostat wire may not have enough leads to control the furnace, which may require a new thermostat wire to be pulled from the thermostat location to the furnace.
Over the phone or online estimates are generally pretty accurate in the majority of homes. Based on the information above, if you suspect a problem, you may wish to have an installer come to your home to provide an inspection and in-person estimate. These are usually provided free of charge.
If you’re getting a new furnace, you want it to be right for you and your family. An experienced company will properly size a new high-efficiency furnace to your needs: making sure it’s sufficient to heat your entire home based on the building construction, existing insulation, and square footage. Also, consider any potential features you might be interested in – such as humidifiers, UV lights, and thermostats. It is generally more cost-effective to negotiate these items to be included with the installation of your furnace rather than having them added after the fact The right partner should be able to help you choose the right options for your needs.
Did you know: Advanpro will provide quotes for 3 furnace options that best meet your requirements, so you can pick the one that suits your needs and budget best
The “hidden” costs
Once you’ve received a quote from an installer, that’s it for costs, right? Well, maybe not. That’s why it’s important to ask and get full clarity. Are there any disposal charges? Do they need to do a walk-through of your home first to guarantee your quote? Are all taxes and permitting fees included? What happens if the installer runs into an unforeseen issue when the work is being done, will this be at additional cost to you, or is the price quoted by the installer the GUARANTEED price? Asking these questions will help you get a crystal clear understanding of what the full price tag will be when the installation is done.
Looking for a reliable partner? Advanpro can help.
We don’t mean to toot our own horns but with close to 15 years in business, 50,000+ happy customers (many of them repeat customers), and award-winning service, we would love to help you with any of your furnace needs. Give us a call today for a free quote!