Installing a new furnace in your home can be a great way of increasing your property value, lowering your energy bills, and improving the overall comfort of your home. However, there are a few facts that you should know before taking on a furnace installation project.
1. Installing Your Own Furnace May Void Your Warranty
If you are like many homeowners, you may be contemplating the idea of installing your own furnace in order to save a few dollars. However, you should know that taking this approach can actually cost you more money in the long run. This is because many manufacturers require that you have their products installed professionally and in accordance with their instructions in order for your furnace to be covered under warranty. Consequently, installing your own furnace will void any warranty that came along with the purchase of your new furnace and could leave you paying out of pocket for future repairs that the warranty would have typically covered for you.
2. There Are Often Code Enforcement Laws Pertaining To Furnace Installation
Whether you plan to install your own furnace or hire a professional for the job, it is important for you to be aware of any code enforcement laws in your local area that pertain to this type of installation. For instance, it is quite common for local ordinances to require homeowners to obtain a permit when installing a furnace and to have their new furnace inspected by a code enforcement official upon completion. There may also be restrictions on exactly where a furnace can be installed inside your home. The reason for these ordinances is to ensure that all residential furnaces are installed in a safe manner that does not result in a fire hazard inside the home.
If you choose to work with a professional HVAC contractor to install your new furnace, this contractor will take care of getting all the necessary permits for the job. However, it will still be your responsibility as a homeowner to follow up with your contractor to ensure these permits have been obtained before any work begins on your home. A failure to do so could result in you being fined by your local code enforcement office.
3. Your Furnace's Performance Can Be Affected By Improper Installation
If one of the reasons you chose to replace your furnace was so that you can enjoy better energy efficiency in your home, you should know that your ability to enjoy this benefit will be greatly dependent upon the proper installation of your furnace. This is because the energy ratings that are assigned to any given appliance are based upon the appliance being properly installed according to the manufacturer's specifications. This is yet another reason why it is always in your best interest to have your furnace installed by an experienced HVAC contractor.