In a time when people are looking to save money on energy whenever possible, more and more homeowners are becoming DIY experts. Homeowners throughout the Vail and Fork Valleys are laying their own flooring, installing their own windows and doing their own siding. Yet when it comes time for installing a furnace, you had better think twice before trying to do it yourself. Here are some reasons why:
- You lack the proper tools – The average DIY homeowner does not have the tools necessary for installing a furnace. For example, if your furnace is tied to your A/C system, you will need refrigeration gauges, a two-stage vacuum pump, and the ability and credentials to work with refrigerant. For most, it’s more cost effective to hire a professional HVAC installer than to purchase these tools.
- The manufacture may not sell to you – Some manufacturers will limit the sale of their high-efficiency models to qualified HVAC contractors. They want to ensure that their units are properly installed to work efficiently and safely, so they will not sell to consumers directly. Also, some warranties will be voided without professional installation.
- Ductwork changes need to be precise – If you find that your new furnace is not quite the same size or shape as the old one, you’re going to have to do some adjustments to your ductwork. These must be precise or you will have lost energy. Working with sheet metal is not as easy as you might think.
- You need plumbing skills – Connecting a new gas, propane or oil furnace to your existing home requires the ability to cut and thread black iron pipe, which requires plumbing tools and skills.
In addition, failure to install the unit properly could put your home at risk of fire or even a gas leak. As you can see, installing a furnace is not something for the DIY homeowner. Don’t take on this risk yourself. The Climate Control Company has the skilled, trained and licensed technicians to do the job well. Give us a call today, and let us handle your Western Colorado furnace installation quickly and safely.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Aspen, Vail and the surrounding Western slope communities in Colorado about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnace installation and other HVAC topics, please visit our website.
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