When it comes to buying a new furnace for your home, there are many brands and contractors to choose from. Once the installation is complete, however, your work is not complete; a final inspection should be done to check for the following:
For an Electric Furnace:
- You should be able to easily access the air filter.
- All duct connections at the furnace should be sealed to prevent air leaks, and not with duct tape.
- The unit should sit on rubber pads to minimize noise.
- If your unit is in the basement, it should sit on blocks at least four inches above the floor.
- There should be an electrical disconnect device within three feet of the furnace.
- A new digital thermostat should be installed with high efficiency furnaces.
- Run the system through a normal cycle to ensure it is functioning properly. If you hear popping noises when the fan starts and stops, it is a sign of future problems.
For a Gas or Oil Furnace:
- Perform the same process as above.
- The vent pipes should be supported as necessary. A high efficiency furnace should have two vent pipes; an intake and an exhaust.
- The vent pipes should be as short as is practical, and slope back to the furnace at a rate of 1/4 inch every four feet.
- There should be a valve next to the furnace to shut off the gas or oil. You should not have to remove any access panels in order to get to the valve.
At Heatmasters, we will show you all elements of your new unit and make sure you understand how to use it. If you want quality, responsive service that will be there when you need it, look no further than Heatmasters!
Courtesy of HVAC for Beginners