Should I DIY My Home's New Furnace?

A lot of homeowners take great pride in being able to fix things around their homes and maintain them properly. Some even prefer to handle big projects like laying down sod or renovating their bathroom on their own, but one job you should consider hiring professional help for is the installation of your furnace. 

Though the process may seem straight forward, there are actually a lot of problems that can stem from doing your own heating installation, many of which are outlined below. If you have any questions or any reservations about this kind of work though, it's best to ask a company that specializes in heating services.

It's Unsafe

Furnaces rely on combustion, or tiny explosions, to handle your heating needs throughout your house. Failure to install a furnace properly can lead to those tiny explosions becoming huge problems, and may even be a fire hazard. If your house relies on gas to provide the energy for your home, you could also unknowingly spring a gas leak that fills your home with carbon monoxide, which can be fatal. Additionally, furnaces are generally pretty heavy units that can easily fall on you or someone else if they're not handled properly. Above any other reason that is on this list, the fact that they're difficult to install without prior experience should lead you to consider scheduling heating services to install your furnace, rather than doing it yourself.

It Won't Be Efficient

Many homeowners undertake DIY projects to save their family money, but a heating system that is installed poorly could actually cost them money in lost energy bills and poor reliability from numerous service calls. You also may have a problem with the warranty as well, since most manufacturers mandate that the furnace must be installed by a professional for the warranty to be valid. Even if you do install it properly, you can expect to hire more heating services as time goes on if it's not sized appropriately for your home.

It Might be Illegal

Depending on where you live, it might be illegal to install a furnace yourself, since any work done on a gas line usually must be performed by someone that holds the appropriate permits and certifications. A home inspector will need to see documentation on the furnace, which you won't be able to provide if you installed it yourself. No matter which way you slice it, hiring a professional service to install your furnace is the best choice.

For more information about heating services, contact a local HVAC contractor.

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