By Gene and Katie Hamilton
An old metal A/C furnace grille in a wall can be an eyesore in an otherwise attractive home, and it looks even worse if over the years the fins of the vent have become dented or dinged. You can find metal replacements at most home centers, but you can take it one step further and install a wood grille to give the room a custom finish.
We found the grilles in a wide range of common sizes online at www.worthhp.com where the site features installation directions about installing them. The grilles come primed and ready to paint the color of your wall, or stainable to match wood paneling or wainscoting. Either way, you'll make an almost instant improvement.
The grille is composed of two parts, a wooden grille and metal frame that holds the grille and a 1-inch filter securely in the wall. The design makes it easy to replace the filter and access ducts for cleaning.
A handyman will charge $145 to install a 12-inch-by-12-inch primed for painting grille, which includes the grille and the labor. You can buy the grille for $95 and install it yourself and save 34 percent.
Now you know the average cost to replace an A/C furnace grille, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.