This time of the year is clearly not the greatest to be stuck with a malfunctioning heating system, right? But if you’re reading a blog post about furnace replacement, it likely means that you’re in need of one. That said, we totally understand the urgency and how easy it would be to rush into a heater purchase, and even save time by hiring just anyone to do the replacement service.
We really have to discourage this, however. There are a number of reasons you should only trust a professional for a job like this. There’s a lot of work that goes into a furnace installation, and trusting a professional for the job will not only help your comfort and heater performance but also will protect your safety. To help you understand this, we’ve outlined what exactly goes into a furnace replacement, below.
Removing the Old Furnace
This sounds easy enough, right? Actually, you might be surprised to learn that this can actually be the most lengthy and laborious part of the process. It’s about much more than simply pulling out the heater and putting a new one in its place. If the old system is connected to your gas line, our installers have to ensure that nothing is knocked out of place or damaged.
We also need to make sure there is space for your new furnace, and that the space is adequately prepared for the placement of a new system. Any potential safety hazards must be mitigated and we have to make sure that the new furnace is properly sized for your living space (too big of a system will be just as inefficient as too small of one!)
Connecting All the Components
Once your new furnace system has been placed, including bolting it to the floor in most cases, our technicians will connect it to the important parts of your home so it will function as it should.
Vital among these connections is your ventilation system—your ductwork. This requires hooking the furnace up properly to all the connections of your air ducts, without damaging them. Sometimes, the ducts have to be shifted and adjusted to make these connections, which is where mistakes can occur.
Our technicians then connect your furnace to your preferred power source. Making a connection to your gas line not only needs to be done carefully, but the professionally doing it must be properly licensed to even deal with gas lines. Next, is the electrical wiring. Even gas-powered systems do have some electrical components involved. With the potential for fire hazards during this final step, it’s easy to see why you should only ever hire a pro.
Testing Your New Furnace
This is the last step of the furnace installation process, but honestly the most important. If our installers left your home after making the last connection and called that a finished job, you would have no way of knowing if your furnace was actually working as efficiently as it was meant to, or more importantly as safely as it is meant to.
Our pros will turn on your furnace, measuring the intake and airflow to ensure that the performance is efficient and there are no potential hazards.