What Is the Labor Cost to Replace a Furnace?
Furnace repairs can be a major cost all year round, but they can particularly spike in the winter months. As you pull out your wallet to pay for seasonal furnace repair costs, it’s helpful to know what the labor costs are—as well as what goes into these services—before shelling out hundreds of dollars. In this article, we will discuss some factors that influence the price of repairing your furnace and provide some ballpark figures so you know roughly how much it might cost to have a new furnace installed.
The Labor Cost of a New Furnace May Vary According to Local Economic Factors
While hiring a professional company to come and install a brand-new heating system is likely going to be one of the most expensive home improvement projects you will ever take on, the labor cost of the installation itself ranges from $100 to $500 or more depending on variables that include:
* The model and brand of furnace – if you hire a professional company to install your new heating system, this is going to be the biggest part of the expense. You can expect to pay between $800 and as much as $4,000 for a basic model from a common manufacturer such as Lennox®. Of course, an elaborate luxury furnace system will cost significantly more—into four figures in some cases.
* Which type of furnace you need—the prices for installing a forced-air gas furnace range from about $2,700 up to around $5,000 because of brand, model and configuration differences. You can expect to pay more for a heat pump; on the other hand, installing one of the most basic forced-air furnaces is often around $300 less than having a heat pump installed.
* Labor rate—the professional company you hire may charge anywhere from $1,200 on up to more than $4,000 or more per installation; however, it’s important to research any companies that quote near the high end of this spectrum so you know they are experienced with your particular furnace system. Otherwise, they could run into unexpected complications during installation that cause delays and additional charges—or errors in their workmanship. If you have no previous experience with gas furnaces in general or specific brands and models, the best way to handle this is by having a professional that specializes in your furnace of choice come to your home for an estimate.