That old furnace you have in your home still works, but it is far from perfect and nearing the point in its life when it will have to go. You do a little research and find out what the furnace costs and what someone will charge you to install it, and you start to feel a little like you should pinch some peenies and tackle the job yourself. As much as you can find out about other household DIY tasks online, you likely will not find a lot of guidance about installing your own furnace, and what you do find may or may not be trustworthy. Here's what you need to know about DIY furnace installation.
Buying a furnace can be a tricky thing as a DIYer.
You're likely going to have a difficult time finding a store that is going to sell you a new furnace system outright without a contractor's license. Because HVAC systems are so complicated to install, the industry is pretty restricted where supplies are concerned. For example, you typically find brand new furnaces through dealers that also do installation because these people have a license to sell the units and install them. You may not necessarily be able to buy a unit without paying for installation anywhere you go.
There's a lot of room for major mistakes as a DIYer.
Installing a furnace is a major undertaking that requires knowledge of several different processes. For example, just to install a typical gas furnace, you are probably going to have to deal with things like:
- Installing a new gas connection from an existing gas line
- Run the wiring from the furnace to the breaker box
- Implement ventilation pipes to properly route the exhaust outdoors
If you are uncomfortable with any of these processes, installing the furnace on your own is probably something best left to professionals. One wrong move can create a fire hazard in your home or leave your family at risk.
Your work may not be approved if installed by you as a DIYer.
In a lot of places, such large fixtures as HVAC systems have to be installed by a licensed professional or their placement in the home will not be approved. For example, if you plan to sell your house and the home is inspected beforehand, your work may have to be assessed for proper installation before you can legally sell your house in your area.
For more information, contact a company like Nova Air Conditioning & Heating today.