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How Long Does Heater Installation Usually Take?


Installing a heater isn’t exactly a small feat, and thinking about scheduling a heating installation can be daunting. It’s disruptive to your day, and we understand that.

So how much time do you really have to account for when it comes to an installation? It depends on a few variables, so let’s run through those now before you schedule heating installation in Cincinnati, OH.

It Depends on Which Heater You Want

We offer multiple heating solutions, from furnaces to heat pumps and more. Which system works best for your home, and which one do you plan to install?

That changes the time frame of the installation quite a bit. Furnaces can take around 4-8 hours to install, while heat pumps can take around 3-4 hours.

We hate to say it, but there are so many variables at play that nobody can slap a sticker on an installation time and guarantee it with absolute surety.

Let’s talk about some of those variables that impact your heating system installation time.

Variables in Heater Installation

As the old saying goes, plans were made to be broken. Most HVAC technicians have an ideal installation path in mind (which is important), but things get in the way. Some are controllable, some are hard to see coming.

  • Clutter and Obstructions: If the path to the location where the heater is being installed is lined with clutter or has serious obstructions, it will delay the time to completion. Technicians need a good amount of space around the heater location to work.
  • Bad Gas Lines: If you’re replacing your old gas furnace, you very obviously already have gas lines. But those gas lines can go bad. If they’re damaged, they need to be replaced, and that greatly extends the amount of time an installation will take.
  • Electrical Connection Issues: Your furnace requires an electrical connection, but what happens when there’s an issue with something electrical within your home? Depending on the problem and how deep it is, it may require a bigger fix that causes a detour in the heater installation process.
  • Bad Ductwork: Some ductwork is beyond repair, and can’t simply be sealed or fixed. If it’s really bad, it may be recommended to replace the ductwork entirely. It’s a process and one that typically isn’t short.
  • New  Ductwork: Similarly to replacing old, bad ductwork, the installation will take longer if you’re just getting ducts put in for the first time. It’s not a quick process.

Some problems take longer than others to resolve. While you can’t foresee all of these issues, staying up-to-date on home inspections for your electrical work and HVAC will help you reduce the chance of running into these roadblocks.

It Depends on Your Heating Solution

Depending on your heating solution, such as a heat pump vs. a furnace, the process differs. Either way, most heating solutions should be able to be installed in a single day and fully operational so you can start using it that night.

Contact JM Mechanical Heating & Cooling today to schedule your next heater installation.

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