Installing a furnace is a big project that requires considerable time and effort, especially when removing your old system. A professional can install your furnace in no time, but it will likely take most homeowners longer. Although furnace installation is a do-it-yourself project, it can also be frustrating if you don’t grasp the process well. Some things will get in your way and problems that need to be fixed along the way. Before rushing out and getting your furnace installed, there are questions that you need to get the answers to know more about furnace installation. This article will talk about how long furnace installation takes, what to expect when you’re doing it yourself, and how to make it easier to complete the installation.
How Long Does A Furnace Installation Take?
Replacing your furnace is a big undertaking, and it’s best to work with a licensed HVAC professional to ensure that everything goes smoothly. But when you’re shopping around for new furnaces, you may have seen estimates of how long installations should take. You may be wondering if your furnace installation will be faster or slower than these estimates. The fact is that every home and every furnace installation has unique needs, so there’s no way to predict precisely how long an installation will take. The average furnace installation takes between 8-and 12 hours.
Your furnace installation may require additional time, depending on whether you have a boiler system, an electric furnace, or a gas-powered furnace. If you have a boiler system or an electric furnace, you may need to run new wiring or ductwork throughout your home. In addition, if you have an electric furnace, you must obtain a permit from your city and ensure that your electrical panel can handle the amps of electricity required to power your unit.
On the other hand, installation may take longer than a day if your home does not already have an existing furnace (or any other HVAC system). In these cases, you will need to hire professionals who can assist with ductwork installation and other related tasks. Generally speaking, it will take about a day for them to get your home ready for the new system before installing the furnace itself.
The time required to install a furnace will vary from one home to another. A lot of factors play into the time it takes to put in a new heating system, including:
- Size of the home. The more rooms you have in your house, the longer it will take for our installers to run ductwork throughout your home.
- Whether or not you already have ductwork installed
- Placement of your furnace. Where you want your furnace installed can affect how long it takes us to install it.
- The specifics of the installation itself–for example, if you are replacing an old furnace with a new one, this may take longer than if you are installing a brand new furnace in an unfinished basement
- Existing ductwork. If you already have ductwork in place, we’ll only need to connect your new furnace to it and make sure everything is sealed up properly. But if you don’t have ductwork yet, we’ll need to run that before hooking up your new furnace.
Installing the furnace
- Check local codes for proper installation. Building codes vary from place to place, so make sure your installer is fully aware of all local requirements and regulations.
- Make sure your installer has an EPA-approved refrigerant recovery system. New furnaces use a refrigerant known as R-410A, which must be handled properly by trained technicians who have the proper equipment to clean and safely recover any refrigerant during installation or service.
- Make sure your ducts are in good condition. A new furnace will likely require changes in your ductwork, so your installer must check for leaks and other potential problems before installing the new unit to ensure that it will function when installed.
- Consider upgrading your thermostat at the same time you install the new furnace. A modern programmable thermostat can make it easier than ever before to control the temperature in your home and save money on utility bills.
- Remove the old furnace. It can take anywhere from 1-to 2 hours, depending on how hard it is to access your old furnace, the size of the unit, and whether or not there are any obstacles in the way. This step should be pretty straightforward if you’re replacing your furnace with a similar size and type. But if you’re removing an oil furnace and installing a gas one (or vice versa), there may be some additional hurdles to overcome. After removing your old unit, the next step is to install the new system. For most furnaces, this will involve connecting the unit to ductwork.
What it takes to complete a furnace installation varies based on several factors. For instance, if you have existing ductwork that needs replacement or upgrades to increase the furnace’s efficiency and make it more comfortable, this will require additional time for cleanup and installation. If you replace old electrical components for the furnace, this will also take extra time. If you want to install a new mini-splitter to improve heating efficiency throughout your home, this is another added element. Lastly, if you add air conditioning to your home for the first time, the installation will also require extra time.