DIY Furnace Installation: Can You Do It?

The average lifespan of a standard oil furnace is between 15 to 20 years. However, if an owner fails to maintain the equipment appropriately on an annual basis or overuses it, a furnace may end up completely unusable even before 15 years. If this is what happened to you, you will now have to worry about getting a new furnace and installing it properly in your home.

Taking the do-it-yourself route to furnace installation is fine if you fancy yourself a handyman. Of course, the first step to accomplishing this mission is to remove the old furnace. Before you can remove the old equipment and throw it out with the trash, though, you first need to shut off the fuel source. If you have an electric furnace, check for the electrical breaker panel and shut it off correctly.

The next step is to remove the old ductwork. For your safety, it’s best to wear a pair of safety gloves as the sheet metal is sharp and can easily cut you. Afterward, unbolt the old furnace and remove it then call on a neighbor or a family member to help you out.

While these steps may look easy on paper, even for those who don’t have handy skills, depending on a furnace installation service is still the way to go. Professionals in furnace installation are trained by the manufacturers themselves, increasing the chances of your new furnace to be installed according to manufacturers’ standards.


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