Regular home maintenance doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of thing you want to think about after a busy work week, but there are very good reasons for staying on top of your maintenance checklist. Conducting regular maintenance on things like your HVAC, furnace, refrigerator, and even your garage door can help you save money on repairs, not to mention utility costs. For this article, we’re going to shift focus to furnace inspection and maintenance.
The furnace is a vital piece of equipment and does a lot of heavy lifting when the temperature drops below freezing. Some homeowners think that just because they have a warranty on their furnace that they’ll be covered should something break or stop working. That would be incorrect. Damage caused to furnaces due to improper maintenance is oftentimes not covered under your warranty. Just like you get your car’s oil changed or go to the doctor for your yearly checkup, the same maintenance is needed to keep your furnace running smoothly through the colder weather.
So now you may be asking yourself, “How often do I need a furnace inspection?” Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll let you know how often you need to schedule a furnace inspection, tune-up, and the benefits of regular furnace maintenance.
How Often Do I Need a Furnace Inspection?
According to most HVAC specialists, if you have recently replaced your HVAC system or furnace, you may be able to get away with scheduling a furnace inspection every other year. Another important factor to take into consideration, if your furnace is over 10 years old you should plan on having it checked once a year by a professional HVAC contractor to get the most out of your heating system. And while it may be overkill, some specialists advise homeowners get an furnace inspection and tune-up in the spring and again in the fall.
The next question that comes to mind is, “What happens during a furnace inspection?” We get this question a lot and it’s rather straightforward. Furnace inspections and maintenance checks are designed to locate problems before they become more widespread and expensive. From thoroughly cleaning all the parts like the air filter, coils, and heat exchanger, your HVAC technician will check to see that the pilot light is operating properly, look for signs of corrosion, and conduct a full tune-up on your HVAC unit. All of these steps will prevent your heater from failing in the middle of winter when you least expect it.
The Benefits of Yearly Furnace Inspections and Maintenance
To avoid costly repairs or having to call for emergency furnace service in the dead of winter, routine furnace inspections and HVAC tune-ups are highly recommended. It’s far more affordable to pay a professional HVAC company to conduct regular inspections than it is to have to repair or replace your furnace. Here are some other benefits of yearly furnace inspections.
Part of your inspection will include replacing the furnace air filter should it be clogged with dust, dander, allergens, and debris. This helps increase indoor air quality and will have everyone in your household breathing easier throughout the day and into the night. Be sure to regularly check the HVAC air filter and change it at least once every one to three months.
Failing Pilot Lights
Pilot lights aren’t something you want to try to fix yourself. It can be extremely dangerous if you are not properly trained in pilot light maintenance. Cleaning the pilot light will help it work properly for years to come. Also, if you notice that your pilot light is burning orange or yellow and not blue, it is absolutely time for you to call a professional. When the pilot light is blue it indicates that the pilot light is receiving an adequate amount of oxygen.
Cracked Heat Exchanger
A cracked heat exchanger is a serious problem and one many homeowners never notice until they have a proper furnace inspection. If the heat exchanger is cracked it could leak toxic fumes and gasses like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide into your home. Causes for this could be something as simple as not changing your air filter often enough, which restricts airflow and puts undue strain on your furnace and HVAC system.
Contact Village Plumbing For Regular Furnace Inspections
Whether you need to schedule regular furnace maintenance during the winter months, or you’re faced with a severe plumbing emergency like a frozen pipe, the professional plumbers at Village Plumbing can help! We can be there day or night to handle any HVAC emergencies when you need us the most. Contact one of our customer service representatives today: 713-678-0483