Choosing a heating contractor to install your new furnace is as important as choosing the right furnace for your needs. The furnace you select comes with manufacturer’s specifications that make some very vital claims about performance and efficiency. These may have been a big factor in your buying decision. However, most manufacturer’s specs depend heavily upon proper installation by a professional HVAC contractor. The Department Of Energy reports that nearly half of all HVAC equipment in the U.S. does not fulfill its advertised claims due to improper installation by unqualified personnel. Make sure you’re part of the other half by choosing a heating contractor who lives up to these standards:
- Ask if the dealer stocks furnaces that meet the qualifications for the Energy Star label.
- Make sure the installing contractor will perform a load calculation of the heating load of your home. Many contractors guess or use the size of the old unit which can be way off.
- Before installation, the contractor should calculate the correct duct size required to match the airflow capacity of the furnace.
- The contractor should recommend installation of a programmable thermostat and demonstrate its use. He or she should also discuss the benefits of a zoned system.
- Before installing a new furnace, the contractor should conduct a complete visual inspection of the existing ductwork installed in the home, including spans routed through unconditioned zones such as the attic, crawl space and basement.
- A ductwork inspection should be followed by a pressurization test looking for restrictions and undersized ductwork.
- Any obvious leaks should be identified and sealed.
- If ductwork is located or runs through unconditioned spaces it needs to be properly insulated to avoid energy loss and comfort problems.
Operation and maintenance
- After the system is installed, the contractor should instruct the homeowner in safe operation, plus the use of all system features. Simple maintenance tasks like changing the air filter should be demonstrated.
- All furnace manuals, start-up readings and other installation records should be provided to the homeowner.
P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling has served Cleveland area homeowners since 1936. Call and let us explain why carefully choosing a heating contractor to install your new furnace is so important to your ultimate home comfort and efficiency.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.