We all love to feel handy around the house. A new light fixture or wall shelf looks all the nicer when you do the work yourself. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, we spoke to many homeowners in Bristol, Middlesex and Norfolk counties undertaking significant DIY home projects.
We think that’s fantastic, but certain tasks require certification, specialized knowledge and precision tools to complete. One of these jobs is furnace installation. You must count on licensed professionals like the Tom Fricker team to handle it.
You could face the following risks if you try your own furnace installation.
A furnace is much larger and more cumbersome than a piece of furniture. It isn’t easy to place correctly, even with a couple of extra hands. Moreover, installing a new furnace normally involves removing the old unit and replacing ductwork, too.
The TF Complete Heating & Cooling team has experience moving, placing and connecting furnaces. We handle a lot of the prep work in our shop to minimize the disruption to your home. Also, we remove and safely dispose of your old furnace.
Installing a propane or natural gas furnace means connecting to a fuel line. This involves significant safety risks, including explosion and suffocation dangers. For this reason, DIY furnace installations are often not legal. With a professional installation, you can be confident that the work is done by someone who’s received rigorous safety training.
Modern furnaces have complicated electrical components. If you don’t have proper training on this equipment, you will likely damage these parts. More seriously, you could risk electrocution.
Homeowners know how crucial it is to place carbon monoxide (CO) detectors throughout their rooms, especially in bedrooms.
Some causes of CO accumulation are combustion issues and improper ventilation from heating equipment. Carbon monoxide has no taste or smell. Exposure symptoms can resemble the flu, like nausea, fatigue and dizziness. But CO can cause serious health problems and even death. Doing your own furnace installation considerably increases the likelihood of combustion and ventilation issues that lead to CO accumulation.
When a professional technician handles your furnace installation, your manufacturer’s warranty will be in place if something goes wrong. But if you attempt your own installation, the manufacturer may not honor the warranty. You could be on the hook financially for repairs that come later.
While you might feel like you’re saving money by handling your own furnace installation, you’ll likely end up spending more.
Even if you can complete the installation, your new furnace will not operate at top efficiency, resulting in higher energy use. There’s also a good chance of your furnace breaking down. Then, you’ll need to contact a professional HVAC technician for a furnace repair — or potentially a whole new system.
The TF Complete Heating & Cooling team can handle your furnace installation. We work quickly and safely, and we might even be able to save you money with rebates and tax incentives. Reach out to us today for a free estimate.