Furnace cost: Is your furnace ready for winter?

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via

Monday, September 26, 2022 5:33PM

CHICAGO (WLS) — It won’t be long now until we’re all turning on the heat. And getting a new furnace or repairing an old one can cost thousands.

There are a few things to consider in order to make the right choice.

Kevin Brasler with Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook joined ABC7 Eyewitness News at 11 a.m. to share his tips after rating 198 HVAC contractors in the Chicago area.

First, he recommends you find four or five HVAC companies and invite them to your home to offer written cost proposals. Price differences can often range over $1,500, so Brasler says shopping around is a must.

“Most importantly, make sure you’re dealing with a good operation,” Brasler said. “We found some really lousy contractors out there. I know that’s not a news flash to most people, but you really need to be careful.”

Watch the full interview to hear more about supply shortages impacting HVAC work and whether it makes sense to pay more for energy efficient models.

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