How Much Would It Cost to Move Your Furnace?

Paul Pogue
Written by Paul Pogue
Updated January 11, 2022
Professional checking a furnace after moving it
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Highlights

  • Moving a furnace requires rerouting electrical, gas, and water lines, as well as air ducts and intakes.

  • This is a task best left to an HVAC professional.

  • You’ll likely pay almost half the cost of a new furnace ($4,700 on average) to move it. 

  • Consider the condition of your unit and your long-term plans before moving a furnace.

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How Much to Relocate a Furnace in Your Home?

It’s a fairly rare job, but every so often a homeowner will want to move a furnace unit. Perhaps you’d like to tuck it away it in the garage or basement, or something about your home has changed and it’s a good idea to set up the HVAC unit on the other side. Whatever the motivation, furnace relocation is a costly job that you should consider carefully. Moving your furnace is absolutely a task for an HVAC professional. 

Your furnace rests at the center of one of the most complicated infrastructures in your home. Air intakes, ducts, water, electricity, and sometimes gas connect up to the system somehow. Plus, most of these lines were run to this point specifically to service the furnace, so they’ll need to be closed up and new ones established. Not to mention that a furnace is almost always connected to the air conditioner, so you’ll probably be moving those components as well.

All this adds up to increased cost. Moving a furnace a few feet is probably no big deal. Moving it into a different part of the house will be a very big deal. Many factors play into moving an HVAC unit that it’s impossible to set a solid price without a thorough inspection and bid from a professional. In fact, you might consider asking a general contractor rather than an HVAC expert to supervise the job, because several licensed fields—HVAC, electric, gas, and water—all come into play.

What Affects Furnace Moving Cost?

You’re almost always going to pay a premium cost for furnace relocation. However, some circumstances can drop the cost for you.

5 cost factors for furnace relocation include existing utility lines, infrastructure, cleanup, and furnace age
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  • Proximity to the existing duct lines: Anything that runs alongside the main duct or has easy access to main runs in the crawlspace or basement will probably cost less.

  • Proximity to the water and electrical lines: These won’t cost as much as extra duct lines in some cases, but they don’t come cheap. The less you need to run new line, the better.

  • Other infrastructure considerations: Do you need to repair the floor in either the original or new space? What about drywall in the spot you’re moving to? These factors will play a role.

  • The nature of the original heater space: Wherever the heater was originally placed will require cleanup and proper disposal of the power/water/gas/heating lines that run to that spot. Don’t forget these costs.

  • How long do you intend to stay in the home? A “forever” home will result in a much different decision than one you intend to sell in a few years.

Should I Replace My Furnace While Moving It?

Moving a furnace is an expensive proposition no matter how you slice it. And labor accounts for the majority of the cost. The average cost of a furnace unit alone is $2,300 to $7,200, plus $150 to $500 per hour for installation. Most units last about 15 years. Unless your furnace is very new, it’s a good idea to think about replacing the furnace at the same time, since your pros are already up to their necks in moving connections. The move itself is likely to cost half as much as a furnace install to begin with. And depending on how old your furnace is, you might see an increase in 20% to 30% efficiency with a new unit!

How to Get the Best Price for Furnace Relocation

Next to verifying licensing, bonding, and insurance, the first and most important principle of any major job is to solicit multiple written bids from competing contractors. This gives you insight into the fair market value of the work. If any bid is significantly higher or lower than the others, ask why.

Whatever the case, the bids should give you vital insight into exactly what you need to know about your job. The detail they provide should give you enough knowledge to determine the best person to hire.

Different circumstances call for different responses, and bids are always a starting point. You don’t necessarily always want to take the middle or lowest bid. Study the bids and the detail they provide, including exactly what they’re offering and why it costs that much. An excessively low bid may leave vital elements you’ll be on the hook for later; an excessively high bid may add extra elements you really don’t care about. Because moving a furnace can cost several thousand dollars, you want to take great care with this decision.

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