Getting A New Furnace? Ways It Will Need To Be Up To Current Building Codes


Is your old furnace ready to be replaced soon? If so, having a brand new furnace can certainly give you peace of mind for many years to come. In addition to having a new appliance, the furnace is going to be installed in a way that follows all the latest building codes to ensure that it is installed correctly. Here are some changes that may need to be made to your new furnace during the installation.

Ventilation Requirements

There are many requirements when it comes to how a furnace needs to be vented, especially if the furnace isn't going to be using a chimney for ventilation. There will be requirements about which side of the house the vent needs to be placed in, as well as requirements about proximity to windows. You do not want to have a furnace vent to a place where people socialize outdoors just because it is closest to the furnace, or have it ventilate to a closed off area like under a deck. 

Gas Line Requirements

A new furnace is not going to fit in the exact same spot as the old furnace, which means that natural gas lines are going to be in a slightly different position and likely need to be moved or extended. One main building code requirement that will be met when having a new furnace installed is the type of gas line that is used. 

For starters, gas stops these days now require ball valves for shutting off the gas in case of an emergency, which do a much better job at preventing gas from leaking through. If a gas line needs to be extended, that will need to be done with new material that is made out of steel, copper, or brass. Be aware of any time a flexible gas tube is used to extend a gas line, since it is not going to have as sturdy of a connection as using metal.

Permit Requirements

Part of having a new furnace installed in some areas is that a permit will need to be pulled. This will help ensure that a different set of eyes looks at the furnace installation when it is done to ensure that corners were not cut in the process of installing your new furnace. While many homeowners do not like the idea of paying for permits, it can give you peace of mind that the job was done correctly.

For more information on furnace installation, contact a local HVAC contractor.


17 December 2020

Getting Help With Your Troubled Air Conditioner

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