The average cost of replacing an old furnace is $2,500, according to a CBC News analysis of government figures.
That is the average price of a furnace in Canada that can be returned to the industry.
But if you are a renter or have a spare furnace, there are often more reasonable options.
Here are the cheapest options and what you need to know about them.
What is a refurbished furnace?
Refurbished furnaces can be refurbished in any of the following ways: to reduce the weight of the furnace, to enhance the appearance of the fireplace, or to provide a better thermal performance.
They are often installed at a time when there are fewer heating needs, so the furnace can be replaced within three months of installation.
They have an average life of two years and can be repaired or replaced with a new furnace in three months.
However, many refurbished furnits are still in use, so they may not be worth your time if you live in a city with lots of hot spots.
If you do not have a refurbishable furnace, it’s also possible to repair a refurbishable furnace yourself using a furnace repair kit.
Read more about refurbished fuses.
How much can I replace?
A refurbished gas furnace can typically be replaced for around $2 per 100 square metres, or $100 per year.
That means a new gas furnace will cost about $5,400, depending on the size and type of furnace, how many units you have, and the size of your home.
The furnace is also generally installed at the end of the life of the unit.
However a refurbishment is only possible if the unit is in good condition and the furnace is maintained properly.
Read about the best refurbished fridges.
What should I do if I need to replace my furnace?
The majority of refurbished units are installed and maintained in good working order and can easily be returned for a replacement.
However if you have a replacement or refurbished unit that is in poor condition or is not operating properly, or if you need more time to complete a refurbishing, it may be a good idea to see a licensed professional to help you replace it.
A certified professional will work with you to ensure the furnace you need is in a good working condition, and they will work to repair the faulty parts, replacing them with better ones, or replacing them in a way that is safe for your home and your pets.
Read how to get certified as a furnace and furnace service provider.
Can I just get rid of my furnace and go?
It is possible to replace a furnace but if you don’t have the time, money, or the inclination to work on your furnace yourself, you may be better off finding a professional to do it for you.
In most cases, you will need to take your furnace apart and repaint it or install a new one.
However some units have been refurbished and are considered safe to repaint.
Read the information about repainting and repainters in the furnace and gas fireplace section of the guide.
Can a furnace be refitted?
If a refurbisher is willing to do the work for you, the process can take anywhere from two to seven weeks, depending upon the size, shape, and condition of the new unit.
It’s important to be prepared for this process.
It can be challenging, so take time to plan and plan to pay for it.
The average refurbished house furnace takes six to eight weeks to refurbish, depending where you live and the types of repairs that you need done.
If the furnace has a warranty that covers the furnace itself, you can also get a new unit for the money it will cost.
You can also use a furnace service company that has experience with refurbished equipment and is willing and able to help.
A company can work with the furnace to install a refurbised furnace or repair a faulty one.
Read a more detailed look at the furnace repair process.
Is there a repair program for refurbished appliances?
There are a variety of programs in place to help people fix faulty appliances, including refurbishing.
Read our guide on how to repair appliances.
What happens if the refurbished appliance breaks?
You can replace the appliance but you should also ensure the new one has been tested and that it meets the warranty.
Read tips for a safe return.
How long do furnace repairs take?
Refrigerators typically last five to seven years, and hot water heaters generally last 10 to 15 years.
But a refurbishes are typically less time-consuming.
Read all the details about the furnace replacement program in the guide on the heaters and hot-water heaters section of this guide.
Can someone do a furnace refurbishment for me?
A person can do a refurbishers work for free.
The person must have the proper insurance, have the correct paperwork and be