If you like many homeowners, then perhaps you take pride in tackling a tough home improvement job on your own. After all, there's plenty of satisfaction that comes from handling your own home repairs and upgrades. When it comes to upgrading your furnace, however, such a complex job requires a professional's touch.
A furnace installation is one of those jobs where you're better off calling the pros. The following highlights a few reasons why seasoned professionals are better suited to the task.
1. High Margin of Error
Furnaces are complicated machines -- and they're complicated enough to require a certified HVAC specialist to install them properly. Anything can happen during the installation process and it only takes one mistake to set off a variety of long-term problems. Sometimes these problems can be severe enough to prevent your newly installed furnace from working at all.
Unless you spent countless hours studying to become knowledgeable and certified in HVAC installation, you won't have the knowledge or skill sets that a professional brings to the table. With so many things that can go wrong during a furnace installation, leaving this job to the professionals is the best course of action you can take.
2. Element of Danger
Every activity has an inherent risk, but the risks involved in a furnace installation go well beyond what the average DIYer can handle. Keep in mind that furnaces are devices that take flammable gases and burn them in a controlled manner. Any mistake in the installation process can render your furnace unsafe to use.
Gas leaks and explosions are just a couple of major events that can happen after a botched DIY furnace installation. Not only do certified HVAC technicians how to right tools to finish the job, but they also know how to perform the installation in the safest manner possible.
3. DIY Work Voids Warranty
Every furnace comes with a warranty of some sort, whether it's a limited lifetime warranty or one that lasts for a fixed number of years. However, the reassurance you get from a manufacturer-provided warranty can be lost behind a DIY installation.
Most warranties feature clauses that specifically forbid DIY installations. Carrying on with a DIY installation can result in a voided warranty, making any warranty claims that arise after the installation null and void. As a result, you'll end up paying out of pocket for repairs that would normally be covered under your furnace's warranty.