OKAY, your furnace is 25 years old, it’s inefficient and undersized. You get on the phone and phone around and figure out that a new air conditioner doesn’t really cost that much. It’s the installment labor that runs up the expense! So, you think you’ll simply change out the furnace yourself and keep a bundle? Seems rather good on the surface? Why Not? Well, here’s reasons why not.
Furnace and air conditioning specialists have a lot of training. They know the best ways to do the job properly and they know the wrong ways to do the task, they have the instruments for proper installment and tests and they’ve been trained in the best ways to do the AC repair job safely and efficiently. This is certainly a situation where what you don’t know can harm you.
Central air conditioning units need to be installed by certified technicians. The coolant that is pumped through the system is captured and saved. Releasing this coolant in to the atmosphere results in environmental destruction. You need to be qualified and licensed to handle the coolant associateded with air conditioning replacement, maintenance or installation.
An important part of the task is determining which new unit ought to be installed. A knowledgeable HVAC contractor can advise you on what unit is best for your home and your circumstance. Brand, model, sizing and efficiency are all critical aspects in selecting an HVAC unit.
The routine for replacing a central heater is, approximately, as follows. The gas lines, plumbing, refrigerant lines and electrical are detached, capped and secured, as required. The ductwork is disconnected from the old unit. The existing furnace is taken out. Removing a furnace from a furnace closet is often more difficult than expected. The installer will carry the existing system away, and probably recycle it. The furnace location is then cleaned and readied to receive the new system.
Prior to installation of the new system, the ductwork will most likely need to be customized to fit. Once the new unit is in place, and the ductwork, the plumbing, electrical wiring and gas and refrigerant lines are all correctly attached, the gas lines and the HVAC unit is tested. The specialist will also run the furnace and check for carbon monoxide, a dangerous combustion byproduct that can leak into the heated air if the system is deficient or the setup is done improperly. The thermostat may also need to be upgraded, programmed and checked.
So, all in all, the replacement of a furnace is a complicated task. It requires specialised instruments, components, education and expertise. It’s a project most effectively delegated to the pros who know what they are doing. Give your professional HVAC compny a call. He will perform a good job and save you money and grief in the long run. He are so good, he will make it look easy. You might think, I could have done that! But, you made the right decision leaving the task to a pro.