Installing a new furnace is a big job. A furnace isn't a single appliance that's plugged in and then ready to go. Instead, the system has to be put together and built. The process is time-consuming, and the time it takes depends on what you're having done. Here's a look at the furnace installation process.
Plan The Installation In Advance
You'll need to meet with an HVAC contractor to choose your new furnace and decide on the parts you want to be installed. You might install only the furnace if the ducts are still good and the central AC is newer than the furnace. However, it's often advised to replace the AC and furnace at the same time, so you'll need to discuss your choices with the contractor.
The contractor will help you choose the size and energy-efficiency rating for your new furnace and explain everything you need to know about your equipment and the process for installing it.
Haul Off The Old Parts
The first step is to disassemble the furnace. This involves disconnecting it from the ducts, gas, and electricity so the furnace can be pulled out and hauled away to make room for the new furnace. The parts may be recycled if possible.
The furnace has an evaporator coil that needs to be saved if you'll be keeping your current air conditioner. The furnace installation contractor may take this chance to clean the evaporator coil since it's not normally removed for cleaning.
Put In New Equipment
Once all the old equipment is carried from your house, the contractor can gather equipment for the installation of new equipment. This requires making some parts on the spot. They'll probably need to make ducts and duct connections from sheet metal, so the new furnace can align with the old ducts. If the new furnace is much different in size, the contractor may need to put a new gas line in to hook up the gas too.
The furnace installation contractor needs to assemble several parts in the combustion area and blower so the furnace will be fully functional. This work involves putting in a new furnace only. If you'll also get new ducts, these need to be hung if they're flexible or made from sheet metal if they're hard ducts.
If you're installing a new AC unit too, that requires a lot more work since the contractor has to put in a new refrigerant system. Furnace installation is usually a job for two technicians so the work can go faster and be done safely. When your new furnace is installed, it is checked thoroughly to ensure safety mechanisms work and the furnace functions as expected. For more information on furnace repair, contact a professional near you.Share
17 April 2023
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