OK, your heating system is 25 years old, it’s inefficient and undersized. You get on the phone and call around and determine that a new air conditioner doesn’t actually cost that a lot. It’s the installment labor that runs up the expense! So, you think you’ll simply change out the heating system on your own and keep a bundle? Seems pretty good on the surface? Why Not? Well, here’s reasons why not.
Heating system and central air conditioning specialists get a lot of AC repair training. They understand how to do the job correctly and they recognize the incorrect ways to do the task, they own the instruments for correct installment and testing and they’ve been trained in the best ways to do the job safely and effectively. This is definitely a situation in which what you don’t know can hurt you.
Air conditioning units have to be installed by professional technicians. The coolant that is pumped through the unit is captured and saved. Discharging this coolant in to the atmosphere results in environmental degradation. You have to be qualified and licensed to handle the coolant associateded with AC replacement, maintenance or installation.
A fundamental part of the task is choosing which new system ought to be installed. An experienced HVAC professional can counsel you on what unit is most effective for your house and your circumstance. Brand, model, sizing and efficiency are each critical factors in selecting an HVAC system.
The routine for replacing a central heater is, roughly, as follows. The gas lines, plumbing, refrigerant lines and electrical are disconnected, capped and secured, as needed. The ductwork is detached from the old unit. The existing central heater is taken out. Removing a furnace from a furnace closet is often more difficult than expected. The installer will haul the old system off, and most likely recycle it. The furnace location is then cleaned and readied to receive the fresh system.
Before installment of the new unit, the ductwork will likely have to be modified to fit. When the new device is in place, and the ductwork, the plumbing, electrical wiring and gas and refrigerant lines are all properly attached, the gas lines and the HVAC system is tested. The technician will also run the system and inspect for carbon monoxide, a hazardous combustion by-product that can pass into the heated air if the unit is damaged or the setup is done incorrectly. The thermostat might also need to be upgraded, programmed and checked.
So, all in all, the replacement of a furnace is a challenging task. It requires specialised instruments, components, education and experience. It’s a project most effectively left to to the professionals who know exactly what they are doing. Give your qualified HVAC compny a call. He will perform a good job and spare you money and trouble in the long run. He are so proficient, he will make things look simple. You may think, I could have done that! However, you made the right decision leaving the job to a professional.