Since residential heating systems typically offer impressively long lifespans, homeowners can often go half their life before encountering the need to install a new furnace in their home. As a result, when this need does arise, homeowners may find that they have a variety of questions regarding the installation of their new furnace. The answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding these residential heating services can be found below.

Is a permit required when installing a new residential heating system?

The answer to this question will vary from one jurisdiction to the next. However, most cities and states do have local ordinances which require you to obtain a permit before installing a new furnace in your home. You may also be required to have the work inspected by the local code enforcement office once it is complete. A failure to comply with the ordinances in your local area can result in significant fines. Thankfully, if you choose a reputable residential heating service to install your new furnace for you, they will take care of making sure you are in full compliance. 

Is it possible to change the location of my furnace within my home?

There are a variety of reasons why homeowners may wish to change where their furnace is located within their home. For instance, some seniors wish to move their furnace from the basement to the main floor of their home as they age due to an increased difficulty in accessing the basement level of their home. While it is physically possible to move the location of your furnace to just about anywhere in your home, there are typically building codes that dictate where the furnace can be legally installed in order to avoid creating a fire hazard. For this reason, it is important to always work closely with a reputable furnace installation service if you plan to relocate your home heating system.

Can I install my own furnace or will I need to hire an HVAC contractor?

While it is possible to install your own furnace, it is highly recommended that you hire a residential heating company to perform this service. In addition to ensuring that you remain in compliance with all local laws, hiring a professional contractor for the job will also ensure that your new furnace is properly installed to ensure the safety of you and your family. Professional installation will also safeguard any warranty that may have come along with the purchase of your new furnace as many manufacturers will require proof of a professional install before approving any future claims.