Sometimes a furnace needs to be replaced, but how hard is it exactly to replace the unit? Replacing a furnace is a labour-intensive undertaking and is pretty difficult. There are a large variety of factors that need to be considered and accounted for. It is never recommended to replace a furnace yourself as the appliance is a major investment and should be handled by professionals.
This article is going to detail what’s involved in the process of furnace replacement and the dangers of doing this job yourself. If you have any other questions about the process or you’re looking for the right team to install the furnace, call Pro Duct Solutions. Our highly qualified technicians have replaced many furnaces and have the training and experience to replace your furnace the right way.
- Choose the right furnace.
The first step once you’ve decided that your furnace needs replacement is to decide which unit you want to replace it with. There are a large variety of furnaces available on the market and there are pros and cons to them all. You’ll have to decide whether you want gas or electric. You’ll also have to decide between one-stage, two-stage, and fully modulating furnaces, you can find a guide to these here. This is the step that you can do by yourself, by if you need guidance or have questions, we welcome your call. Our technicians would love to help you find the right furnace.
- Remove old furnace.
Everything from your old furnace will need to be unhooked properly and closed off safely. There’s a lot of things that are hooked up to your furnace, the vents, the power source, the drain. The furnace system is intricate and needs to be handled by someone who knows how all these parts work.
- Make sure the old tubes and vents are compatible with the new furnace.
Not all furnaces are built the same, especially when it comes to newer versus older units. There could be different wires, drains, or duct sizes that need to be adjusted for. If you are switching from gas to electric or vice versa, then it’s especially important that everything is checked and altered before hooking up the new furnace.
- Hook everything up.
Once the new furnace has made its way to its new home, its going to need to be hooked up. This step is absolutely crucial in making sure your new appliance works as it should. This is the number one step you should never attempt alone unless you’re a trained HVAC technician with experience.
- Run performance tests.
After an HVAC technician hooks up your new furnace, they’re going to run performance tests to make absolute sure it was done properly and that there’s nothing wrong with the unit itself. If they find something that’s not working as it should, they’ll make the appropriate adjustments so you can be confident that your new furnace is functioning optimally. As a bonus, they’ll even take the time to calibrate your thermostat.
The benefits of having your furnace replaced by a registered technician.
Furnaces are expensive. If you’re going to be spending all that money on a new furnace, it makes sense to hire someone as a way to protect that investment. Pro Duct Solutions has the experience and training necessary to properly any type of furnace. We’ve also already got all the tools required for installation and calibration. Installing furnaces is what we do, let us help you with your new appliance.
The dangers of replacing your furnace yourself.
- You could potentially damage your appliance or vents.
Furnaces are big, clunky, and heavy. Damage may not matter much when removing the old unit, but damaging your new furnace just by bringing it into your basement would not be a good thing. Installing an HVAC appliance yourself can also void the warranty, so if you damage the unit on a DIY install, it could end up being pretty pricey.
- It can lower the resale value of your home.
Home buyers want to know that they’re buying a safe and functional home. A DIY install is a huge question mark for buyers and could lower the resale value of your home. You may have confidence in your work, but it’s likely that a stranger about to make a huge investment will not have that same confidence.
- It can cost you more money in the long run due to lower efficiency.
HVAC technicians are trained on how to install furnaces to achieve the maximum efficiency. If your furnace isn’t installed properly, it can end up consuming more energy than it should, which costs you money every time your utility bills come due.
- It’s going to be incredibly frustrating, time consuming, and it’s hard physical work.
Doing something complicated for the first time can be an incredibly frustrating experience. It takes a lot redoing things and tweaking. You may not have the right tools or supplies, which just adds to the frustration. Installing a furnace can also be physically demanding, not just carrying a heavy furnace but it also involves bending, kneeling, and twisting.
Why you should call Pro Duct Solutions when it comes time to have your furnace replaced.
The technicians at Pro Duct Solutions all have the training and experience necessary to install your furnace. They’ll do everything safely and efficiently and they know exactly how to problem-solve any issues that do come up. Hiring us protects your furnace and warranty. You’ll also be able to rest easy knowing that everything has been hooked up safely and follows all building codes.
If you would like to talk to one of our technicians about a furnace replacement, please give us a call. We would love to help you out.