Neglecting your furnace is a recipe for an expensive repair bill if not a heating emergency or threat to the safety and health of your family. Schedule an annual heater inspection with Village Plumbing. Our technicians are trained to provide the most thorough safety inspections for home heating systems. We also provide a full range of furnace maintenance services, including tune-ups and operational checks.
We know it’s not enough to just clean and check your furnace. Missing just one internal issue can increase the risk of furnace failure, a fire, or carbon monoxide poisoning. Therefore, our heating technicians run a detailed checklist to ensure your furnace is in peak condition.
What Does a Heater Inspection Entail?
Our furnace inspections comply with the latest standards. Here’s a look at some of the checkpoints we use:
- The cleanliness and condition of filters (we’ll replace them if necessary).
- Any potential error codes visible through the sight glass.
- Furnace operational sequence (the system runs in the proper sequence, from the thermostat signaling the unit to start, the inducer motor turns on, pressure and limit switches are functioning, the igniter turns on, power reaches the gas valve, the burners ignite, the flame sensor is working, flames heat the exchanger, and the blower motor fan turns on).
- Test all safety features, including switches, thermocouples, the mercury flame sensor, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Operational voltage, motor amp rating, and condition of wiring connections.
- The thermostat is properly located and its panel is accessible.
- The system is properly vented (the tech will note signs of cracks, blockages, corrosion, or condensation).
- Vent system condition (support, slope, and presence of debris or leaks).
- The condition of the heat exchanger and other vital components.
- Cleaning the flame sensor, thermocouple, ignitor, pilot light system, or spark electrode.
- A check of condensate drains/traps; these are flushed if necessary.
- Measure temperature rise/change as the furnace is running (blower speed can be adjusted as needed).
- Check the fuel line for leaks at the appliance connection.
- Check the gas pressure at the manifold.
- Lubricate all moving parts to reduce friction and wear.
- The condition of the ductwork, dampers, and other air distribution components.
In addition, we’ll look at whether an electrical service disconnect switch is installed and a light and electrical receptacle are located near the furnace. Our inspections go beyond regular furnace maintenance to ensure our clients’ safety is ensured. We make sure all parts of your furnace are clean and that there are no operational issues. If a problem is found, our techs can repair it right away; all the parts and tools they need are stocked in our trucks. Most repair issues are addressed in the same visit.
During a heater inspection, we will also:
- Calibrate your thermostat as needed.
- Adjust the thermostat based on usage and energy savings.
- Update your maintenance records and log any issues/repairs.
Additional Inspection Tasks
If you have an electric furnace, we will inspect fuses, the supply voltage, heating elements, amperage draw, and electrical wiring and connections. Moving parts will be lubricated if necessary.
We also inspect heat pumps. During a routine check, we’ll look at the defrost cycle, reversing valve function, safety devices, and whether there are any oil or refrigerant leaks. Electrical controls are tested as are refrigerant controls and coil temperature.
Why Furnace Maintenance Is So Important
Maintenance ensures your heater runs safely. It also helps your furnace operate more efficiently, as soot, debris, and mechanical or electrical problems can increase energy consumption. A well-maintained modern furnace can last 15 to 20 years. Neglecting routine inspections can reduce its lifespan significantly, so you can save a great deal over the long run. Plus, an inspection or tune-up can avoid breakdowns. The maintenance process also validates your warranty, which can be voided if you skip a scheduled inspection.
Trust Village Plumbing for Your Heater Inspection
Whether it’s time for an annual tune-up, bi-annual maintenance visit, or we’ve just installed a furnace in your home, you can trust our team to thoroughly inspect the unit. Our exclusive maintenance plan includes bi-annual furnace tune-ups, meaning we’ll provide two complete system checks each year. If it needs to be serviced, you’ll receive 10% off. We manage all scheduling for Village Partner Plan members, who receive automated reminders of upcoming maintenance appointments.
To learn more about our heater inspections, Lennox furnace service in Houston, and how to schedule your appointment, call 713-678-0483 today.
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