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Question DetailsAsked on 6/2/2013

cost for new HVAC system?

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First, costs vary greatly around the counrty, plus by the efficiency and comfort features you want. Some brands cost significantly more then others.

There is also a large difference in the price contractors charge, based on the quality and the type of company. Do you want a company that offers great service, including holidays, or the lowest cost guy, that may or may not be there if something goes wrong. Generally the lower price involves some risk on your part. Plus the quality of the entire install may not be there.

HVAC is not like an appliance, where you just plug it in. The components have to be correctly selected, and the duct system has to be correct( many aren't from the begining), lots of things to consider. Basically the Manufacturing is completed in your home.


Answered 6 years ago by BayAreaAC


BayAreaAC has it right - too wide a range of quality, energy efficiency, size of unit, etc.

However, if you are looking for a very broadside of the barn shot, for a normal size home the heating system, ASSUMING your ductwork or piping (forced air or baseboard /steam) is in good shape and needs to modifications other than to hook up the new furnace, can run from a low of about $3000 to 7000. Adding air conditioning to that as part of an integrated system can typically run in the ballpark of $2000-4000 more. If you go with an integrated furnace/hot water heater system (for a steam or hot water baseboard system) then add another $1000-2000.

Therefore, as you can see, it can run from about $3000 for a low-end furnace only to $13,000 for a high-end, high-efficiency combined heating/hot water system. Commonly more in the $4000-5000 range for furnace only (installed), $8,000-10,000 for combined system including air conditioning.

Before setting a budget, you need to have your trusted plumber give you a rough estimate, and discuss the different types of systems available - you will need to do some thinking and research before deciding on a system type, which then significantly affects pprice estimate.

Also be sure to check on federal, state, and local energy rebates and credit programs, as they commonly rebate or credit you about 15-25% of cost, and in some areas like mine can actually result in your getting the system for free if done as part of an overall energy efficiency upgrade and there are major energy benefits in the furnace chosen.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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