Installing a new furnace is a labor-intensive job. It's more complicated than you might think, but fortunately, you let the contractor do all the work so you don't have to worry about figuring out how to hook up a new furnace to your existing AC and ducts. Here are some things to do to get ready for your furnace installation.
Decide If You Need A New AC Too
If your AC and furnace are the same age, you probably want to change them both at the same time. If you're getting a new furnace because the old one had problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger, then you may not want to get a new AC if it still has a lot of life left in it. The furnace installation contractor can help you decide if you need a new AC and new ducts when you get your furnace.
Determine If You Want To Make Changes
You may want the same type of furnace in the same position as the old one. However, you might want to switch from an electric furnace to gas or you might want to move the furnace to a new location. These changes make your furnace installation more complicated, and they may even drive up the cost. However, if you've been wishing for a different type of furnace or you wish it was in a different location, then a good time to make the change is when you get your new furnace installed.
Ask If An Electrician Or Plumber Needs To Help
Even though a furnace hooks up to gas and electricity, the furnace installation contractor can usually handle the job. However, if a new breaker has to be installed or if a gas line has to be added, then you may need to call an electrician and plumber. If so, plan to have the electrical and gas work completed ahead of installation day for your furnace.
Think Of Questions To Ask The Installer
When your new furnace is installed, the furnace installation contractor spends time checking it and making sure that it's running properly. After that, they walk you through the operation of your thermostat and furnace so you understand how things work, what you need to do for maintenance, and how to tell when something is wrong with the equipment. This is your chance to ask anything you want to know about your new furnace so you feel comfortable with its operation when winter arrives.