If you are thinking about efficient ways to heat your small or single-story home, consider wall-mounted heaters. Gas wall heaters provide an inexpensive way to heat a small home without all the ductwork of standard heating systems. Wall heaters require only one exit vent and can be installed on your wall in an out-of-the-way area. If you’re thinking about using a gas wall heater for your home, it's important to learn about the different types, how much you can expect to pay, and how much it’ll likely cost to operate.
Read on to learn about the pros and cons of gas wall heaters and more.
|What you can expect
|Range per heater:
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Gas Wall Heater Cost
Cost of residential-grade, 30,000-BTU wall-mountable heater with ventless console and 99% efficiency. Natural gas connection required at unit.
Gas Wall Heater Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete installation. Mounting bracket will be placed and secured. Heater will be secured, and connected to existing gas line and electrical supply. Unit and connections will be tested to verify optimal operation. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Gas Wall Heater Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including fittings, fasteners, and mounting hardware.
Gas Wall Heater Equipment Allowance
Daily rental of specialty equipment for maximum quality and efficiency. These include pipe cutter and threader, tubing cutter, brazing kit, and pipe wrenches. Consumable equipment elements not included.
Gas Wall Heater Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
Option: Remove HVAC Unit
Power, connections, and fittings will be disconnected, along with mounting hardware. Unit will be removed from premises. Available for units up to 200 lbs.
|cost to install a gas wall heater
|National Avg. Materials Cost per heater
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 heater
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 heater
|$1,016.70 - $1,230.90
Like any appliance, the unit and installation costs involved in getting a gas wall heater set up in your home will vary depending on several factors, like where you live, the type and brand you use, and the unit size. For example, a heater for an apartment won’t cost as much as one intended for a ranch-style house, which would require a larger unit.
The average cost of heater installation, including the cost of the heater itself, is between $1,000 and $2,500. When you’re thinking about getting a gas heater for your home, it’s a good idea to get at least three cost estimates from local HVAC installation companies. This way, it’ll be easier for you to compare prices and determine which unit and HVAC company best suits your needs.
When you’re purchasing an appliance for your home - especially one that requires installation outside of simply setting it in place and plugging it in - several factors determine the upfront cost, installation cost, and the cost to run it. Fuel consumption is one of the more obvious costs associated with operating a gas wall heater. Naturally, your heater’s fuel consumption will increase as the weather gets colder. This fluctuation can mean that the monthly cost of the fuel in your operational budget may require a price range rather than a set limit.
Aside from fuel consumption, several less obvious factors can affect the cost of a wall-mounted heater. These include:
Proper installation of any type of heating system is best left to a certified HVAC technician. Not only will you benefit from their education and expertise, but you’ll also get a warranty to cover the cost of any unforeseen problems or necessary repairs if your heater requires them down the line.
The labor involved in installing a gas wall heater includes setting up the actual unit and adding integrated temperature control. If a new gas line needs to be included, then the company will also have to run a gas line to the heater and install a shut-off valve. A vent will have to be created with the unit mounted and connected to it. Once everything is in place, the HVAC technician will connect the power and the gas to the unit and test it to make sure everything is working properly.
Most HVAC installation companies charge by the hour rather than by the job. You can expect to pay between $700 and $850 to get the job done, including all necessary equipment and supplies. When natural gas is involved, you’ll need to use skilled utility workers to ensure your home’s gas line is properly connected to the heater to avoid the potential danger of a gas leak.
If you intend to replace an existing gas wall heater, you’ll need to have the old unit removed. To do this, your HVAC technician will disconnect all power sources running to the unit, as well as the gas connection and any fittings and mounting hardware. Most HVAC companies will remove gas wall heaters of up to 200 pounds, but you can expect to pay a removal fee of between $90 and $120 in addition to the cost of installing your new unit. Disposal of the old unit and any leftover debris can cost an additional $40.
If you’re replacing an old gas wall heater with a new one, make sure to ask about the associated removal and disposal fees so that you can factor them into your project budget.
Consumer Reports rates the brands Rudd, Trane, and American Standard as the best brands for gas heaters. Each brand offers its own warranty plan, features, and level of efficiency to meet your needs. They also come at varying price points, so it's important to know which ones offer you the best heat source and reliability for your money. Before you choose a brand, make sure you explore the different features available, including:
Some gas wall heaters include a variable-speed blower which can produce less noise when less heat is required. This feature also helps reduce drafts and keeps the temperature in your home regulated and comfortable.
Some newer gas wall furnaces include the ability to adjust the amount of heat your new furnace produces. This option typically offers two different heat levels to choose from.
A furnace with an electrostatic filter can trap dust and other particles using an electrical charge. Other models may include a HEPA filter (short for high-efficiency particular-arresting) to reduce the volume of dust that blows through your heating system. Air filtration is especially helpful if you or someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies.
Older gas heaters use a pilot light to ignite the burners and keep your heat operating. Newer, more energy-efficient options offer a direct spark or hot-surface ignition method that increases efficiency and eliminates the pilot light completely.
Here is the average cost of several gas wall heaters based on the brand name (please note that your actual cost may vary):
Any upgrade to your current home heating system will be more efficient thanks to new technology and updated EPA standards and guidelines. A gas wall heater should provide you with lower energy costs than a traditional electric HVAC system. The efficiency is measured using AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency), which measures how much heat a furnace produces per cubic foot of natural gas or propane. The higher the AFUE rating, the higher your savings. Always take the blow motor technology into consideration when determining your unit's overall efficiency, since this can help circulate warm and cold air throughout your home, requiring less power to operate the furnace throughout the day.
Gas and electric wall heaters both have their benefits. Each type is suited to certain types of homes or certain climates.
Most municipalities require gas wall heaters to be installed by a properly certified professional because of the inherent danger of dealing with natural gas. It’s possible for a handy person to do some of the work themselves, cutting down on the cost involved with hiring a professional. If you choose to complete some of the work before bringing in a professional, you can follow the manufacturer's instructions for measuring the pipe runs, dry installing (not connected to the gas line) the pipes, and putting the unit in position. After the work is completed, a certified professional can connect the gas and fittings and inspect your work to make sure everything is done correctly.