The last thing you want to be stuck with in the middle of the coldest part of winter is a heating system in disrepair, right? Though, if you’ve come upon this blog post and are looking forward to hearing just how to install a furnace, chances are you need a new one, now. We really cannot stress enough, however, how important it is to leave furnace installations to the pros.
There are a number of reasons we say this. There’s a large amount of work that goes into each and every furnace installation we complete—and this work contributes to not only your comfort and the efficiency of your heater, but also your safety! This is particularly true if it’s a gas-powered system in question.
Then, why are we sharing the steps of furnace installation? So you can see why it’s so vital you trust a pro for a job of this caliber.
Step #1: Taking the Old Heater Out
Sure, this sounds like a simple step! But you may be unpleasantly surprised to learn that this is actually the most laborious part of the process, and in most cases, the lengthiest. It’s about more than simply pulling out the old heating system. If this system is connected to your gas line already, for instance, our technicians have to ensure nothing is damaged or knocked out of place when we remove it.
We also need to check that the furnace is properly sized for the space in which it’s being installed. No, we don’t just mean that the furnace must slide into place—we mean that the furnace system must not be overpowered or underpowered. This requires us taking a heat load calculation, and without this, you can be stuck with a highly inefficient furnace.
Step #2: Making the Connections
Once the new furnace has been installed, and usually, this means bolting it to the floor, too, our technicians will connect the system to the components needed for its operation.
This includes your ventilation system, or, your ductwork. Ductwork must be hooked up to the furnace correctly in order to avoid damaging them. Air ducts often have to be adjusted and shifted during this process, and this is where mistakes can happen if not handled carefully.
Next, our techs hook your furnace up to its power source. As we mentioned above, we have your safety to contend with when it comes to gas-powered furnaces. Any connections to your gas line require an experienced and specially licensed professional to manage.
Last, is the wiring. Even gas-powered heating systems do have some electrical wiring. With the potential for a fire hazard if this step isn’t done correctly, it’s easy to see why you should only trust a trained and experienced heating installer.
Step #3: Testing Your New Heating System
Testing your furnace is the final step, but certainly not the least important. If our techs left your home after making the last connection without testing your new heating system, you’d have no way of knowing if your furnace was working as efficiently as it was supposed to, or as safely as it’s meant to!
Our pros will turn on your furnace, measuring the intake and airflow, to ensure that the performance is efficient and safe.