Furnace Installation in 4 Steps
Furnace installation is a careful procedure and a procedure that must be done correctly to ensure a warm and safe home. That is why some steps need to be considered when it is time to install a new heating system. Even if you hire a contractor to install a furnace, that does not necessarily mean that the job is done. It is important to understand what goes into a furnace installation even if you hire a professional to take care of it for you. This way, you won’t be surprised when the contractor asks you to perform random tasks, like turning the power of your home off temporarily. As always, it is good to be aware of your home’s appliances, especially if you’re in need of a service
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Preparation for Furnace Installation
By understanding furnace installation, you’ll be better prepared to diagnose a problem and connect with a contractor as soon as possible. And not only that, but when it’s time to install a new heating system, you’ll be able to choose which contractor is right for you and your home and whether a contractor attempts to scam you on a service. This will save you time and money when you’re in need of a furnace replacement, giving you peace of mind on your home and your heating appliance. So, make sure you go over these steps with the next heating contractor to ensure a correct installation.
Step 1: Map Out Duct Work & Determine the Area
Sometimes additional duct work is necessary when it comes to installing a new home heating system. Mapping out the existing duct work in the house helps determine whether or not the current duct work is sufficient enough for the new installation, or if new adjustments are needed. If you are replacing an existing furnace and the location of your current one hasn’t seen any problems, then the same location will be used again. However, if it’s a new installation, then you and the contractor will need to determine the best spot for it, which typically lies in either a basement or mechanical room near the center of your home.
Step 2: Installing and Tubing the Air Handler
Once you and the contractor determine the location of your furnace, installing the large metal box that contains heating elements, better known as the air handler, will follow. The air handler connects directly to the duct work and regulates the air that is circulated throughout the ventilation system. Once the air handler installation is completed, it is time to run the tubing from it to the vent outside of the house. This helps circulate air from inside to outside the home.
Step 3: Turn Off the Main Power and Install a Thermostat
When it is time for a furnace installation, it’s smart to schedule one during a time where it is least interruptive in your home. The reason is because once the installation is complete, a safety measure takes place where the contractor will need to temporarily turn off the main power to your home. Anytime you are replacing your heating system, the contractor will remove the previous thermostat and replace it with one that works with the new furnace. The base of the thermostat will be attached to the wall and connected with new wiring to the furnace.
Step 4: Gas Line Attachment and Lighting the Pilot Light
Before attaching the gas line to the furnace, the gas line will be turned off temporarily while new connectors are put on. Once it is attached, the contractor will turn the gas line on and check the fitting to make sure there aren’t any leaks. Lastly, light the pilot light on your brand-new furnace. The power will then be turned on and everything should be ready to go. Check everything to ensure things are running properly, that way you can relax and enjoy the warmth of your own home.