Do you know what to do after you buy a new furnace?
You’ve done your research, contacted a contractor and had a new furnace installed…do you know what to do next? Like other home improvement projects, there are some additional steps you should take after you have a furnace installed. Heating equipment is expensive; you want to make sure you are protecting your investment.
Here are some things that you should look into after you buy a gas furnace.
Ask about your warranty. Is it your responsibility to register it, or does your contractor take care of that? Many homeowners don’t realize that their warranty has to be registered in order to get complete coverage. If you have a Maytag unit, start here.
See if you qualify for local rebates. This can help cut some of those upfront costs. Local rebates can vary from city to city, state to state and country to country. DSIRE is a good place to start searching for local rebates if you are in the United States.
See if you quality for a manufacturer rebate. Oftentimes, manufacturers will offer rebates on high-efficiency equipment. Make sure you check out the manufacturer’s website to see if there are any current rebates or promotions.
Check to see if you qualify for tax credits. If you’ve invested in a high-efficiency furnace, you may qualify for a United States federal tax credit. The ENERGY STAR website has a complete breakdown of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 tax credits.
Sign up for a maintenance agreement with your local contractor. You may not know this, but routine maintenance is often a condition of your warranty. Luckily, many contractors offer ongoing maintenance agreements. This way you won’t forget to schedule an appointment for your furnace when the fall rolls around.
Store your paperwork in a safe place. There is a lot of paperwork that comes with buying a new furnace – warranty information, product information, maintenance agreements, etc. Make sure you keep them in a safe place so you can reference them later.
Remember, your local contractor can also guide you through this process. Follow these steps and your furnace will be protected now and for many years to come.
Think back to the last time you bought a furnace. Did you make sure to do all of these things?