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6 Steps to Expect During Your Furnace Installation

6 Steps to Expect During Your Furnace Installation

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What to expect during your furnace installation

Furnace Installation is definitely one of those projects that is advised to just “leave it to the professionals”. As the source of your home or office’s heating, there are many elements to the process and the appliance that are complicated and dangerous. However, when it’s time for you to make the call on improving, replacing, or converting your furnace, you should be aware of what the process looks like. This will equip you to be a more educated customer and help you determine if you chose the right contracting company for the job.

Hire McHales for your Furnace Installation Needs

McHales has been in business since 1950, making them an industry and community leader in plumbing, heating, cooling, and electric. We promise to deliver prompt, dependable service at a reasonable cost. Your furnace installation worries will disappear when McHales truck arrives at your door. McHales can help you identify if and when is an appropriate time to replace your furnace, explain the benefits of a proper installation, and ultimately preserve the comfort of your home with a lasting investment.

6 Steps to Expect During Your Furnace Installation

We understand that keeping your family safe during a furnace installation is a priority. McHales would like you to get familiar with what to expect so there are no surprises and you can guarantee it was professionally handled.

  1. Addressing Your Ducting

Working from the end product – hot air that keeps you comfortable – back toward the source, a furnace installation starts with analyzing the ducts. Ducting is the insulated pathways that deliver your air from the furnace into rooms around your building. In residences, this is usually all found in the attic, but commercial buildings may have exterior ducting as well as duct work in the ceiling. If your ducts are not up to par with your furnace or are clogged or laid out inefficiently, your technician should address what changes may need to happen to maximize the impact and efficiency of your new furnace.

  1. Where your Furnace Should Go

If you’re replacing your furnace, the location where it sits may not change. However, your technician will evaluate the most efficient and the safest place for your furnace to collect air and distribute heat. A basement or central mechanical room are two common places that are preferred. Once the location to install is determined, your air handler – that big metal box – will be moved in, secured,  and connected to the ducting. Your air handler is the largest main component that includes the heating elements. The air is brought into the air handler and distributed as heat through ducts.

  1. Cut the Power

In order to install such a large appliance onto your power grid, the power must be temporarily turned off. This is a necessary safety measure to take once the heating system is in place. This process is required so as not to blow your fuses or the circuit breaker. Once the power is off, your air handler will be wired or plugged into your power system. Then it is safe to turn the power back on to reintroduce the furnace to the grid. This is an important step to be aware of when you’re planning your furnace installation.

  1. Install Your Thermostat

The thermostat may be the piece of your heating system you’re most familiar with. This is the control unit on the wall that directs the furnace to respond to your temperature settings. If you’re replacing an old system, chances are that your new one will require a thermostat upgrade also. Once the thermostat is mounted on the wall, it will need to be wired in and connected with the air handler.

  1. Cue the Gas Line

Now to connect your heat source to your air handler: the gas line. When this step is being done, your gas line will need to be temporarily shut off. New connectors are then fitted to the handler before it is turned back on. Your contractor will then test the fittings and the line to ensure there are no leaks. This is a piece of your furnace installation you want to be sure is done thoroughly by an expert!

  1. Fire it Up

Literally, your contractor’s last steps will include lighting the pilot light, which is the flame that will continue to burn fuel within your air handler to heat your home. Once the pilot light is on, your appliance will then be turned on and you can start to learn the controls on your thermostat! Keeping your home or office warm and comfortable is the easy part when you trust your furnace installation to the experts.


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