No two ways about it, furnace installation can get expensive. It’s a complicated procedure, it requires a lot of expert knowledge, and there can be some nasty consequences if everything isn’t done just right. Because of this, there are always some homeowners who are tempted to do it themselves. Maybe they or a friend or relative have a bit of experience dealing with furnaces. Maybe they just have complete confidence in their ability to learn from the internet or a book. Whatever the reason, every year people attempt to install furnaces without professionals. It never ends well. The following are some of the reasons that you should always choose professionals for furnace installation.
The first problem that a lot of homeowners run into when shopping for a new system is choosing a properly sized furnace. Each furnace is sized to fit a specific range of homes, and choosing one that is too big or too small can each lead to a host of problems. Furnaces that are too big for your home can provoke a behavior called short-cycling, where the furnace malfunctions because the limit switch thinks it’s overheating due to the increased heat output. Furnaces that are too small tend to run for longer and longer periods of time, in an attempt to heat a home that they just don’t have the power to heat properly. Both issues waste money, and contribute to the early death of your furnace.
Furnaces, like all combustion systems, produce a number of combustion byproducts that are toxic to humans. These include carbon monoxide, which can be fatal if one is exposed to large concentrations of it. These combustion byproducts are normally vented out of the house by the exhaust flue, which is part of the furnace. When you’re dealing with the safe disposal of these toxic pollutants, you really want to have a professional installing the system. If you want to look at it from a cost/benefit analysis standpoint, your safety and that of your family is worth far more than the money you’d save having an amateur install your furnace.
If you’re looking to install a new furnace, call AAction Air. We provide furnace installation throughout the Hilton Head area.