Posted on: 11 October 2016
In addition to the expense of a new furnace, the cost of having it installed by a professional can run you about $1,000 depending on exactly who you decide to hire. So it's a good idea to do some legwork and ensure that the contractor you choose for the job is the right fit for your needs and will help make the project stress-free. Use the following steps to make finding a contractor easy and to ensure that the installation process doesn't turn out to be full of stress:
Choose Your Furnace
Before you even start thinking about hiring a furnace installation contractor, it's a good idea to choose what kind of furnace you want to have installed. This will eliminate any potential problems, such as the possibility that your contractor doesn't have experience installing the type of furnace you've purchased.
When your contractor knows exactly what they'll be working with, they can provide you with an accurate quote and ensure that they have all the proper tools on hand come installation day. Here are three types of furnaces to consider:
- Central Warm-Air Unit – Fans are used to force air through air ducts.
- Steam/Hot Water System – Heats using very hot water or steam.
- Heat Pump Furnace – Consists of a compressor and interior/exterior coils.
If possible, have the furnace delivered before you start looking for contractors so they can see all of the components they'll be working with up close and personal when they put together a quote for you.
After a furnace choice has been made and you're ready to start looking for contractors to work with, start by asking friends and family if they have any recommendations to consider. From there you can expand your search to the newspaper, yellow pages, and the internet. Once you've found a handful of potential contractors, schedule consultations with each of them and have them come to your home for the meeting.
This way you can be sure that you're getting an accurate quote and you can sit down in an environment you're comfortable in to get your questions and concerns answered. Before your consultations, make a list of important questions about things such as:
- Guarantees for the work done.
- Licensing and insurance.
- Installation timelines.
- Staff qualifications.
You can even create a custom questionnaire, make a few copies, and have each contractor you consult with fill one out before leaving the meeting so you can compare them side-by-side while deciding who to hire.
Monitor the Installation
While there isn't a reason to worry about whether or not your contractor does a good job during your furnace installation project, it's a good idea to make sure that you're around to monitor the process if possible. This will ensure that any questions your contractor may have during the installation process can be immediately answered so as to avoid any delays.
You'll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the installation while your contractor works. You may even be able to pick up some tips and tricks about how to best take care of your furnace as time goes on to minimize the need for repairs.
Schedule a Follow-up
Once your installation is complete, take the time to schedule a follow-up visit for a month or two down the line before your contractor leaves for the day. Your contractor should come back to make sure that all the nuts and bolts are still in place and that all of the wires, pipes, and hoses are properly connected. They can also do a quick tune-up and provide you with maintenance recommendations for the coming months.
This mini guide should put you on the right path to a stress-free furnace installation that will be easy to forget about when all is said and done. For more information on furnace installation, contact a company like Sullivan Super Service.Share