When you’re in the market for a new furnace, it can be tempting to forgo the installation costs and just do it yourself. And while you technically can buy and install your own furnace, there are a number of issues to explore before you take that risk. Today on the blog, your friends at Allied Services Inc. are discussing the complications that come along with completing your own furnace installation.
Is it the right size?
When you work with an HVAC expert, they know how to properly size your furnace for your house size and heating needs. However, if you purchase one on your own, you may not purchase the right size. Sizing the furnace correctly will ensure it runs efficiently and succeeds in keeping your home comfortable. A furnace that is too large will waste energy and cause temperature fluctuations. And a furnace that is too small will be inadequate in heating your home and is at risk for early mechanical failure.
Will it void your warranty?
Another risk that comes with installing your own furnace is voiding the warranty. Most manufacturers void warranties for furnaces that are purchased online and DIY installed. Because DIY-installed furnaces have a higher failure rate and the furnace may not reach its life expectancy, it’s easy to see why manufacturers have this rule. So, while you may be saving money upfront on installation costs, it may end up costing you a lot more in the long run as you won’t be protected in the event of a breakdown.
Is it dangerous?
Finally, installing your own furnace can be quite dangerous. A licensed HVAC technician understands how to properly deal with wires, gas lines, and vents, so you know your furnace is safe in your home. However, when you do it yourself, you run the risk of improperly wiring your furnace, improperly installing your gas line, or improperly venting your furnace. Each of these issues can lead to deadly gas or carbon monoxide leaks, explosions, or whole house fires.
At the end of the day, it is possible to buy and install your own furnace, however, at Allied Services Inc., we do not recommend it. Saving money on the installation cost is not worth the risks you run. For a licensed HVAC technician you can trust to get the job done right, contact us in Dayton, OH today at (937) 269-5059.