The High Cost of Improper Furnace Installation

The High Cost of Improper Furnace InstallationTrying to save money on new furnace installation? Choosing the cheapest HVAC installer could cost you dearly. Correct installation is as crucial to the performance of a heater as the quality of the unit you choose. Proper HVAC system installation is essential to ensure monthly energy savings and a lasting investment.

Wrong Sized Furnace that Fails to Meet Your Needs

HVAC contractors must accurately calculate the Manual J load or heating capacity of a furnace based on factors like square footage and the leakiness of a home’s building envelope. Without this essential information, you could end up with an over or under-sized HVAC system, causing:

  • Reduced performance and efficiency

Trustworthy heat repair companies often know there’s something wrong when they get complaints of high energy bills, especially with new, high-efficiency systems. Sizing issues are common with systems that frequently cycle or run longer than they should. The right size system keeps temperatures even and constant.

  • Uncomfortable home temperatures

If your unit’s output capacity doesn’t match the size of your ducts, you could suffer air distribution issues that cause uneven indoor temperatures and hot and cold spots. Furnaces also need to be fine-tuned following installation, from the blower fan to ductwork distribution and exhaust pressure, to run well. This process is called commissioning, and if it’s overlooked, you’ll never achieve the maximum performance and energy savings your system is capable of achieving.

  • Premature furnace failure

A properly installed furnace should last 15-20 years – or more. However, excessive wear-and-tear caused by a poorly sized system that cannot meet your home’s demand could rob you of your investment, leading to premature failure.

Serious HVAC Safety Issues from Poor Furnace Installation

Performance issues aren’t the only problems you’ll suffer from because of an improperly sized system. Serious safety issues can occur with a furnace that is not the right size, such as:

  • Gas leaks

Issues with overly long or improperly angled vent pipes and gaps between joints could prevent furnace gases from exhausting outside and lead to carbon monoxide buildup in your home. This colorless, odorless gas can seriously impact your health and even cause death. If you have even minor concerns about gas leaks, don’t wait – call for emergency air conditioning service ASAP.

  • Electrical problems

Bad wiring jobs by inexperienced contactors can cause a host of problems, draining excess power, inflating energy bills, tripping circuit breakers and preventing proper operation, and increasing the risk of a home fire.

  • Poor indoor air quality

The performance of your furnace heavily influences the air quality in your home. Systems with poor drainage designs can lead to water accumulation and structural damage, including mold and mildew growth that could negatively impact indoor air quality.

Ensure proper furnace installation from licensed, NATE-certified heating and air contractors. Don’t fall victim to unscrupulous or inexperienced installers. Contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning to get a quote on a professional furnace installation today.

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