DIY home repair projects are often lots of fun and are an excellent way to learn new things. You can also save money on repairs by doing them yourself. However, there are some repair jobs that you should avoid, opting instead to hire a professional contractor. Two potentially dangerous jobs that you should never try yourself are furnace repair and installation.
Installing a new heating system in your home or repairing the one you have are not easy tasks. You need the right knowledge, skills, and training to do the job properly. If you’re like most homeowners, your heating system feels like rocket science. It’s not something you can figure out yourself just by reading the owner’s manual.
Installing a new heating unit is a complicated project, and a potentially dangerous one. You must have a proper set of tools and equipment in order to install a heating system, make it operational, and keep yourself safe, all at the same time. If you do the job incorrectly, the problem(s) you create can be difficult and costly to fix, even for a professional contractor. Do not try heating repairs or installations yourself. It’s far better to have a professional, licensed, bonded and insured HVAC contractor do the work for you.
There are three main elements in furnace installation that only a qualified technician that has the knowledge, skills, and equipment to do properly:
Power and wiring. Furnaces are not simple appliances that you just plug in a wall socket. They’re directly wired into the main electrical system of your home. Our experts know how to turn off the main power to the unit and which wires to cut – doing it yourself, you risk burning down your house or electrocuting yourself.
Removal and replacement. This process usually requires some cutting and grinding down of existing metal pieces, fabricating new ones, and our professional HVAC installation technicians have all the necessary tools needed to finish these often-complicated tasks. They’re not tools that you’ll find in an ordinary toolbox. There are also many other elements to the process an amateur installer may not consider, such as placement and leveling of the unit, ensuring that the wiring and power are correct, among others.
Ductwork modifications. Your old furnace is not the only thing in your heating system that needs replacing. If your ducts that circulate heat around your home are in bad shape, they will require replacement or repairs as well. Duct repairs, done correctly, require plenty of sheet metal work, and this hazardous work is best performed by a skilled expert. Sheet metal has razor-sharp edges that absolutely will cause a trip to the emergency room if the proper safety equipment isn’t worn, in addition to great care being taken during fabrication.
These are just a few of the many reasons why you should leave furnace installation and repair to our expert technicians. We’re trained to do the work properly, safely, and without wasting time and materials. By hiring us to work on your home’s heating system, you’ll actually save money and have peace of mind. That’s how neighbors should treat neighbors!™