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Question: we have to replace a gas furnace, is there a way to convert to an electic system?


Question by jessica m: we have to replace a gas furnace, is there a way to convert to an electic system?
the system is 34 years old and needs to be replaced(obviously) is it possible to switch to a different system or is gas our only option? any recommendations? we will be heating about 1500 sq/ft. our a/c is electric already

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Answer by dvdacmn
The question is do you have room in your breaker box for another 220 volt run if you do than yes if not you might have to upgrade your electrical i would go with a h/p system depending where you live to far north they dont work very well if possible upgrade your condenser to 13 seer

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4 Responses to Question: we have to replace a gas furnace, is there a way to convert to an electic system?

  1. RICH @www.hvac-for-beginners.com

    You have all kinds of options. For electric you will need to ensure you have a big enough circuit for it. A heat pump may be an option depending on your location. You may also want to think about geothermal or a chp system depending on your location. For more info about all of those, check out my source.

  2. Claude B

    Electric is most expensive to operate. Most people get rid of electric heat .Not a good move . You can do throw. All you have to do is run wires and install electric panel for new baseboards. There would be a thermostat in each room.

  3. tech7435

    You could consider a heat pump depending where you live. If you have winters with alot of days below 35 degrees you may want to stay with a fossil fuel such as gas or oil. Heat pumps will cost alot to run and you wont be as comfortable as you would with a fuel.

  4. Herb W

    If it’s that old you may not want to mess with it. There are other options, gas, oil, heat pump (which is like a reverse Air conditioner) or you can stick with electric and just replace it. Consider the price of all the different utilities.

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