Are you looking into getting a new furnace for your mobile home? As with all homes, no appliance lasts forever. One day the furnace is going to stop working and needs to be repaired or replaced. Hopefully, you’re not in this situation yet, but if you are we’re here to help to tell you everything you need to know.
Repair or Replace Your Mobile Home Furnace?
If you haven’t already considered it, the first thing you need to determine is if your mobile home furnace simply needs repairs or if it needs to be completely replaced. Depending on the age of the furnace it may still have a lot of life left. Furnaces have various parts that can go bad. In these cases, all that you might need is a part replacement or maintenance on an existing part.
If you’re not sure the first step you will want to take is to hire a professional to do an inspection on your furnace. Before you shell out the money for that replacement it’s probably worth it to have it checked out.
What’s Your Furnace Size?
If you’ve determined that it is time to completely replace the furnace then you’re going to have to consider what type of furnace to buy, and what size to buy.
Most mobile homes should have a gas-powered furnace. Most professionals would recommend a gas furnace because it ends up being more cost-effective for you.
Furnaces come in varied sizes depending on the size of your home. The larger your home is, the more space needs to be heated, and the more powerful or larger the furnace you will need. The benefit of mobile homes is that generally being smaller, they will not require as large of a furnace. This is beneficial for you because smaller furnaces are less expensive.
Many professionals have found that homes can be equipped with too large of a furnace or have improper ventilation. Having a larger furnace than your home truly needs means that the furnace will be using more energy, and unnecessarily raising the cost of your gas and electricity bill. If you are not sure that your mobile home is equipped with a properly sized furnace then you will also want to consult a professional.
Again, having the right-sized furnace will end up saving you money over time on your heating bill.
Of course, when replacing a large home appliance like a furnace cost is going to be the thing that people are most concerned about. You should realize that no matter how it goes, having your furnace replaced is going to be costly. Most homeowners end up spending around $2,000 between purchasing the furnace itself and the cost of installation.
Furnace installation is usually something that takes a company or contractor up to 8 hours to complete. Being a complicated job, installation may not be a realistic Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project.
One piece of advice to try and save money is to consider where you’re buying the furnace from. The first place we might look to buy a furnace is the local company that sells HVAC appliances and offers installation services. You may discover though that you can find cheaper prices elsewhere.
Consider finding a local HVAC contractor, possibly a small local business or an independent contractor, and have a conversation with them. There’s the possibility that you could purchase the right furnace online yourself, and then hire a local independent HVAC technician to install it for you.
If you are in need of a new furnace now we know that it’s difficult trying to find the best option. But do your research, consult with people you trust, and you can find options out there to lighten the burden.