In short, yes. Keep in mind, this isn’t just about safety; it’s also about preventive maintenance. It’s about sometimes catching a problem before your furnace quits working in the middle of the night.
A furnace inspection by a trained and certified Quality Climate Care specialist helps to keep your furnace operating at peak efficiency, saving you money on energy bills. In addition, when you get a furnace inspection on an annual basis, you effectively expand the useble lifetime of your furnace. Finally, the health and safety of your home and family are protected with annual furnace inspections.
Do I really need to pay every year for a professional to do it?
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During winter, the furnace is one of the most important components in your home. A properly maintained system will deliver maximum heat output without wasted energy or the risk of harmful emissions. On the other hand, if you defer maintenance for too long your furnace could become costly to run, harmful to indoor air quality or even break down when you need it most.
What’s Involved in a Furnace Inspection ?
Quality Climate Care generally suggests that furnaces over 10 years old be inspected annually. This is because an older furnace is more likely to need adjusting or parts replaced than a newer furnace. One year is the minimum length of time a furnace should go without an inspection.
Are annual furnace inspections really necessary?
-Checking the vent system for leaks or blockages.
-Examining the heat exchanger for signs of corrosion and cracks or separations. A damaged heat exchanger can allow deadly carbon monoxide to escape.
-Checking the blower and cleaning its components. This includes removing the blower wheel to ensure that it’s free of dirt and debris.
-Testing for a tight seal on the blower access door.
-Checking the air intake grills for blockages.
-Performing an amp-draw test on the blower motor and comparing the results to the unit’s listed specifications. This can reduce the risk of fire, and help extend the life of the blower components.
-Checking the burner for proper ignition and testing the flame sensor for accurate operation.
-Lubricating all the motor’s moving parts to reduce friction. When there’s friction, the motor has to work harder, which requires more electricity, and it could also result in a premature failure.
-Checking that all electrical connections are tight and examining the wiring for signs of rust and corrosion.
-Testing the thermostat calibration. When the thermostat is calibrated correctly, your home will be more comfortable. It can also save you money on your energy bills by preventing overheating.
-Examining the flue for obstructions. If the toxic fumes that result from combustion can’t escape up the flue due to a blockage, your indoor air quality will suffer.
-Testing for the unit’s safety controls. This should include checking the high limit control, which prevents the furnace from overheating and reduces the risk of fire.
-Checking the belts for signs of wear or cracks.
-Testing that the system’s startup cycle is functioning correctly.
-Checking the furnace’s air filter.
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