Around September almost all heating and cooling companies will begin talking about some type of annual furnace inspection. Of course, it is easy to brush this off as just another gimmick to make money, but it is really not. Annual maintenance inspections on HVAC equipment are in the best interests of the homeowner and actually lead to less costly repairs and more time in between purchasing new units.
So, do you really need to have you furnace inspected? Yes, and here’s why:
A well maintained furnace will run more efficiently than one that has been neglected. If you would like to see some lower energy bills this winter, a furnace inspection is a great place to start.
One of the biggest safety concerns for a furnace is a carbon monoxide leak from a cracked heat exchanger. However, because the furnace uses natural gas there can always be the possibility of gas leaks or other fire hazards as result of broken parts, built up dirt, or clutter. An inspection will help to find and eliminate potential hazards.
When would you rather deal with a furnace issue: during the milder temperatures of fall or on a freezing January day? A furnace inspection will ensure that any potential problems lurking in your heating system are corrected before they become large issues and that they are taken care of early on.
Typically any necessary repairs found during a furnace inspection will be smaller and therefore less expensive than if your furnace were to completely break down during the winter.
Just like a well maintained car lasts longer, a furnace that is taken care of by being inspected, having minor repairs completed, having its filter changed, and its parts lubricated will work will have a longer lifespan.
Ideally you want to have the system checked out during early fall or before you actually need to turn the unit on. However, if you can’t squeeze an inspection in until later, you can still get the furnace running before the inspection occurs.