OKAY, your furnace is 25 years old, it’s inefficient and undersized. You get on the phone and phone around and determine that a brand-new air conditioner does not actually cost that a lot. It’s the installation labor that runs up the cost! So, you think you’ll just change out the furnace on your own and save a bundle? Sounds rather good on the surface? Why Not? Well, here’s reasons why not.
Furnace and central air conditioning specialists get a great deal of AC repair training. They know how to get the job done properly and they recognize the incorrect ways to perform the task, they have the equipment for correct installation and testing and they’ve been trained in how to get the job done safely and efficiently. This is definitely a situation in which what you don’t know can harm you.
Air conditioning units have to be installed by certified specialists. The coolant that is pumped through the system is captured and saved. Discharging this coolant into the atmosphere produce environmental degradation. You need to be qualified and licensed to deal with the coolant involved in air conditioning replacement, repair or installation.
A fundamental part of the task is determining which new unit ought to be installed. An experienced HVAC contractor can advise you on which system is best for your house and your circumstance. Brand, model, sizing and efficiency are each important aspects in choosing an HVAC unit.
The routine for replacing a furnace is, roughly, as follows. The gas lines, plumbing, refrigerant lines and electrical are detached, capped and secured, as needed. The ductwork is disconnected from the old unit. The old central heater is taken out. Removing a furnace from a heater closet is often more difficult than anticipated. The installer will haul the existing system away, and most likely recycle it. The heater location is then cleaned and prepared to receive the fresh system.
Before installment of the new unit, the ductwork will likely need to be customized to fit. When the new unit is in place, and the ductwork, the plumbing, wiring and gas and refrigerant lines are all properly connected, the gas lines and the HVAC system is tested. The technician will also run the system and check for carbon monoxide, a hazardous combustion by-product that can leak into the heated air if the unit is damaged or the installation is done improperly. The thermostat may also have to be upgraded, programmed and tested.
So, all in all, the replacement of a heating system is a challenging job. It needs specialized tools, components, education and expertise. It’s a project best left to to the pros who know what they are undertaking. Give your professional HVAC compny a phone call. He will perform a good job and save you money and trouble in the long run. He are so good, he will make it appear easy. You may think, I could have done that! However, you made the right choice giving the task to a professional.