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How to Choose the Right
Furnace Installation Service for You

Is your old furnace on its last legs?

Furnaces can last between 10 and 15 years, with some exceeding even 20 years. Despite the longevity of your furnace, aging furnaces present more than just a heating problem.

Old furnaces are one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution, increasing the presence of dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mites, and more allergens in your home. Indoor air pollution also heightens the risk of wheezing, coughing, allergies, and serious respiratory problems.

Worse yet, an old furnace can leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your home, causing everything from nausea to severe illnesses.

Professional furnace installation is essential for keeping your home safe, healthy, and cozy, but not just any installation service will do. Incorrect installation can exacerbate indoor air pollution, create safety hazards, and burn through your budget.

Here are several things to consider before choosing an installation service:

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Signs You Need a New Furnace

Many homeowners wait to install new furnaces as soon as the old ones give out; however, there are several proceeding signs to watch to avoid potential air quality problems. A reputable furnace installation company can spot signs that are regularly overlooked.

Hot and Cold Rooms

One of the most overlooked signs is unevenly distributed heat throughout the home. If some rooms are heated, but others remain cool, that's a big sign. Old furnaces are unable to pump out as much heat as before. As a result, you end up paying more in energy bills because your furnace is working overtime.

Humidity Problems

Too much humidity is a major cause of indoor pollution and leads to harmful black mold. A professional HVAC service will notice this problem right away.

Too little humidity can dry out your skin and increase breathing issues, especially during winter and summer. If you live in Oregon, which is prone to dry summers, talk to a furnace professional about humidity control.

On the other hand, Connecticut residents deal with more humidity and require furnaces that don't create excess moisture.

Noisy Furnace

No, your home isn't haunted, but your furnace may be telling you something. Noisy furnaces are a telltale sign that you need a replacement. Listen for loud popping sounds, buzzing, rattling, and cracking sounds.

These sounds could mean that your furnace is leaking, or worse. A professional installation service understands what these sounds mean and will thoroughly check your furnace for problems.

Look out for signs of visible cracks and rust, both inside and outside of the HVAC unit.

Experience and Professionalism

Understanding your needs, accurately assessing the furnace issue, and recommending the best solution are three signs of a true professional. Your installation service should understand your furnace inside and out.

Don't hesitate to ask questions. A reputable furnace installation service will be happy to answer all of your questions and concerns. This also includes walking you through the installation process and what to expect from the service call.

Professionalism means being on time and sticking to the timetable. Your technician should communicate when the job will take place and how long it will take to complete. Avoid services that provide vague time windows and cancel at the last minute.

Professionalism starts the moment you call, not when you book an appointment. Customer service says a lot about an HVAC company. A furnace company should offer 24/7 service and support, fast response times, and a friendly demeanor over the phone.

Quality is another hallmark of professionalism. Poor ductwork and incorrectly installed installation only contribute to indoor air pollution, airborne illnesses, unwanted noises, and high energy costs. Don't hesitate to ask a service about recent clients or to see photos of previous work.

Your furnace service should be licensed and insured to work in your home. Name recognition in the community and industry also helps. Work with a company that's recognized for its integrity, fair estimates, speedy service, and high-quality work.

Repair vs. Replacement

Frequent repairs are another surefire sign of a problem, but many homeowners are understandably torn between getting repairs and paying for a replacement. Saving money has never been more essential.

While repair may seem like a cost-effective approach at first, the cost of constant repairs adds up. A new furnace will save you years' worth of repair bills.

A furnace installation professional shouldn't oversell repairs when they know a new furnace is needed. Work with service that can appropriately diagnose the issue.

Safety First

Health and safety precautions have never been more vital. Work with a furnace installation service that makes these precautions a top priority.

Recommending and installing a replacement furnace that improves indoor air quality is just the start.

Your chosen service should also follow CDC guidelines when working in your home; these practices include proper hand-washing, sanitization, social distancing, touchless communication, and wearing CDC-recommended masks.

A professional should also talk to you about their safety measures before the appointment. Feel free to inquire about health and safety precautions on the phone, as well.

Price by the Job vs. Hourly Rates

Understandably, price is one of the biggest concerns for homeowners. It's tempting to go with the least expensive option based on price alone. Unfortunately, cheaper doesn't mean better, and it could compromise the installation and the air quality of your home.

A reputable service quotes reasonable estimates that don't exceed industry standards. If you're buying a complete furnace replacement, expect to pay anywhere from $2,000 and $6,000, depending on your needs.

Hourly rates are a big red flag. At first glance, hourly rates may seem less expensive, but they add up quickly. In fact, you may end up paying more for a service that charges hourly and not receive the quality you expect.

Cost Estimates

$2,000 to $6,000 is the average cost of a furnace replacement, but every home is different. Make sure to get a fair estimate first.

Professional furnace installers take several factors into account when assessing cost, including housing size, furnace equipment, and current energy costs. A service should also perform cooling and heating load calculations to recommend the right furnace model for your needs.

Pro services also take local climate into account when calculating your heat-load needs. For example, Pearland and Duncanville residents may have different humidity concerns than residents who live in McKinney, Amarillo, or Sugarland, Texas.

Residents in Attleboro, MA, and Long Island, NY deal with very different winters than homeowners in the west. Your service should consider your local climate to recommend the right size furnace for your home.

Read Reviews and Testimonials

Don't just take a company's word for it. Dig around and read valuable reviews and testimonials from fellow homeowners. Reviews are an excellent way to gauge a company's cost, timeliness, professionalism, customer service, and overall work quality.

There are many websites online that review local service companies. You can also check a company's website for real testimonials from satisfied customers. Social media is another good source for honest reviews, complaints, and customer raves.

Trusted referrals are also helpful for homeowners. If you're getting remodeling done, ask your contractor for HVAC recommendations. Pick the brains of your neighbors who are getting remodeling work, as well.

Up-to-Date Furnace Installation Equipment and Technology

You wouldn't see a dentist who uses out-of-date technology and equipment. The quality of an HVAC service's tech makes a huge difference. A professional should also install the latest, industry-standard furnace equipment.

The importance of updated technology and equipment are two crucial reasons to go with a company with nationwide name brand recognition, coast to coast. Low-quality or used equipment can rust and pump indoor pollutants into your home. Licensed technicians are trained in assessing and installing high-quality, energy-efficient equipment.

Reputable services install brand new equipment that's built to last; this also includes any additional ductwork, wiring, and air filters as required. You should also expect a professional to perform a thorough inspection and detect any other services you may need for proper furnace installation.

Shop Around for Quotes and Estimates

It's okay to shop around and gather several quotes and estimates. Comparing services is one of the best ways to discover a long-term HVAC service that you can trust. Be wary of services that are reticent about giving estimates; that could suggest that they're hiding some hidden costs.

Remember to consider estimates along with work quality, past customer satisfaction, HVAC knowledge, up-to-date equipment, and overall professionalism.

Look for a company that also offers emergency furnace repair and replacement services. The longer you run that old furnace, the more likely it will break at the worst time possible.

Discover the Perfect Service for Your Needs

Don't take your chances with furnace installation services that don't have stellar reputations to match. Use this guide to find a service that fills all the check boxes on your list.

Are you ready to find a solution to your furnace problem? Schedule a service call online or call us 24/7 at 1-800-Plumber +Air.

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Is your old furnace on its last legs?

Furnaces can last between 10 and 15 years, with some exceeding even 20 years. Despite the longevity of your furnace, aging furnaces present more than just a heating problem.

Old furnaces are one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution, increasing the presence of dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, mites, and more allergens in your home. Indoor air pollution also heightens the risk of wheezing, coughing, allergies, and serious respiratory problems.

Worse yet, an old furnace can leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your home, causing everything from nausea to severe illnesses.

Professional furnace installation is essential for keeping your home safe, healthy, and cozy, but not just any installation service will do. Incorrect installation can exacerbate indoor air pollution, create safety hazards, and burn through your budget.

Here are several things to consider before choosing an installation service: