This time of year is unfortunately a time where some people realize that their furnace is no longer working. If you are one of them and you’ve decided to get a new furnace installed, here are some things you should consider before, during, and after your installation.
Before your furnace installation
The person coming to your door should be in a visibly labeled vehicle, have a business card or company identification ready and available. Your technician should be able to show their license and certifications. Angie’s List provides a great article about HVAC certifications. The Better Business Bureau is also a helpful website to visit when looking for customer reviews and the peace of mind of using an accredited HVAC company.
You’ll also want to ensure that the company you are hiring is licensed, bonded and insured. Additionally, when you are interviewing companies and getting quotes, remember that experience matters and that you get what you pay for. The cheapest quote isn’t always the best company to go for so be sure to understand their history and don’t be scared to ask for references.
During your furnace installation
There are a few things that the installing technician should be doing during the installation of your furnace, such as:
- Testing along the way for correct airflow, static pressures, and other things that can cause a breakdown.
- Measuring the ductwork and returns for proper sizing to allow for optimal operation.
- Installing a new thermostat.
- Checking the refrigerant line to ensure that it’s sized accurately.
While the system itself is important, it’s not nearly as important as having the proper installation. Your system will only ever be as good as it was the day it was installed.
After the furnace installation
A good maintenance program is essential after a new install. This is a way to keep an eye on the function and performance of your new unit. Additionally, it protects your warranty. To discuss the best option for your furnace and maintenance needs, feel free to call us at 301.208.8896 or request service on our website.