OKAY, 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 does not really cost that much. It’s the installment labour that runs up the cost! So, you think you’ll simply change out the furnace on your own and save a bundle? Sounds rather good on the surface? Why Not? Well, here’s why not.
Heating system and air conditioning specialists have a lot of training. They know how to do the job correctly and they recognize the incorrect ways to perform the job, they have the instruments for proper installment and tests and they’ve been educated in the best ways to get the AC repair job done safely and efficiently. This is definitely a situation where what you don’t know can hurt you.
Central air conditioning systems have to be installed by certified technicians. The coolant that is pumped through the system is captured and saved. Discharging this coolant into the atmosphere produce environmental destruction. You have to be qualified and licensed to deal with the coolant associateded with air conditioning replacement, maintenance or installation.
An important part of the job is determining which new system ought to be installed. A knowledgeable HVAC professional can advise you on which system is best for your home and your situation. Brand, model, sizing and efficiency are all critical aspects in choosing an HVAC unit.
The routine for replacing a central heater is, approximately, as follows. The gas lines, plumbing, refrigerant lines and electrical are detached, capped and secured, as needed. The ductwork is detached from the existing unit. The existing central heater is removed. Getting a heating system out of a furnace closet is often more difficult than expected. The installer will haul the old system away, and probably recycle it. The heater location is then cleaned and prepared to receive the new system.
Prior to installment of the new system, the ductwork will likely have to be customized to fit. When the new unit is in place, and the ductwork, the plumbing, wiring and gas and refrigerant lines are all correctly connected, the gas lines and the HVAC unit is tested. The specialist will also run the furnace and check for carbon monoxide gas, a dangerous combustion by-product that can leak into the heated air if the unit is deficient or the setup is done incorrectly. The thermostat may also need to be upgraded, programmed and checked.
So, altogether, the replacement of a heating system is a complicated job. It needs specialized instruments, parts, training and expertise. It’s a project most effectively left to to the professionals who understand what they are doing. Give your qualified HVAC compny a phone call. He will perform a good job and save you money and trouble in the long run. He are so good, he will make things appear simple. You may think, I could have done that! But, you made the right decision giving the job to a pro.