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How Long Does it Take to Install a New Heater?


If you’re thinking about a heater upgrade for your home before next winter, it’s a good idea to understand the process. You may not have to do the work for a heater installation, but you do have to allow for the time, and it’s important to have reasonable expectations. Some installations take longer, while other installations are faster. 

There are a lot of factors that go into how long it takes to install a new heater, and we’re reviewing them all below. If you’re interested in heater installation in Auburn, WA, our team can help. We know it’s not about how fast the installation is, but the quality of work that happens during the installation.

Heater Installation Time

A heater installation can take anywhere between 4-8 hours. A lot depends on the current type of heater you have and the type you’re switching to. If you’re switching between similar systems, the installation is usually easier. But if you’re changing from gas to electric or vice versa, it can be a more complicated process.

Free Assessment

To get a more accurate installation time estimate, you can schedule a free in-home assessment. Our team can come out and look at your current heater and talk to you about your needs. Once you decide what type of heater you want to install, we can review the specific steps. We can then offer both a price quote and time estimate for installation.

The Installation Process

The most tedious part of a heater installation is actually taking out all of the old components. We have to turn off the gas or electricity to your unit and then take everything apart safely.

We’ll review any wiring or gas lines to see if they are up to the current standard. If not, we can replace them before installing your new unit. Ideally, we want to leave as much in place as we can if you have connections that are still good.

After that, we make sure that the foundations for both your indoor and outdoor units are level and secure. Then we can begin the installation process of your brand-new unit.

After we install your new heater and connect everything together, we begin testing. It will take at least an hour to test the entire system, review your ductwork and connections, and make sure that everything is working the way it should. How your heater is set up can have a huge impact on your home’s energy efficiency, and we want to make sure it gets done right the first time. 

The very last step is to teach you how to use your new heater. You may think that it’s pretty easy to understand, but each heater works differently. Plus, we can give you tips on improving your energy efficiency to reduce monthly energy bills. We can also provide advice on maintaining your heater so that it’ll last for the average lifespan. 

Contact Sound Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. today to schedule an appointment! We take your comfort as seriously as you do.

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