Unfortunately, heaters, furnaces, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units do not last forever. While you may be able to have your system repaired to keep it running, it is going to need to be replaced at some point. Once you have talked with a reputable heating company and picked out the unit that will best suit your needs, it will be time to arrange for it to be installed. While heater installation is not a huge job for someone with experience, it can be a bit problematic if you do not take the time in advance to do a bit of preparing. Here are a few things to make sure you have taken care of before the technician arrives with your new heater.
Shut Down the Old Unit
Just because a heater is not working does not mean that it is turned off and disconnected. Depending on the type of unit you currently have, you will need to make sure that it is completely shut down and disconnected from the power source. This may mean having the gas or oil company coming out to disconnect the fuel line and capping it off. You should also make sure that any electricity to the unit is shut down and that the breaker is switched to the off position. Remember that some gas and oil heaters will also have some type of electrical component that needs to be shut down.
Many heaters are hidden or kept in an area that is not easily accessible. Make sure that the technician has enough room to take out the old unit, bring in the new one, and work. Clear away boxes or other belongings that might be in the pathway or are too close to the work area. You may also need to remove a door to the closet where the unit is stored to make the job easier.
If the new unit is being installed in the winter, you want to be sure to be able to keep everyone in the house comfortable. Either arrange for small children to be at someone's house or have plenty of spare blankets around for people to wrap up in. While you may have been using space heaters or some other source to heat the place until you have a working heater, the technician may have to shut down all the power to be able to safely install the new heater. Additionally, the door may be opened and closed a lot during the job, allowing cold air to come inside.
If there are any special things you will need to do before the technician arrives, the company will be sure to let you know in advance. Barring any unusual circumstances, the whole installation should only take a few hours.