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How an Annual Furnace Inspection Protects Your Family and Wallet

The cold winter months can be brutal enough between the shoveling, navigating icy walkways, and hoping and praying that the car starts up in zero degrees and less. It seems like the only sanctity that we get at times is in the comfort of our homes with the furnace humming and providing warmth and safety.

Since the furnace is such an integral part of surviving the winter, it’s important that the unit is inspected well before the snow starts flying, and the temperatures start dropping. In fact, it’s recommended that an annual furnace inspection from a qualified HVAC technician becomes a regular part of ‘winterizing’ the home.

Reasons for the Inspection

One of the main reasons to have a Brookcross Heating & Air furnace inspected annually is to make sure it works. Most homeowners don’t turn on their furnace until it gets cold outside. However, if your unit is malfunctioning, you could be without heat while you wait for a part, or the HVAC contractor makes their way through the waiting list of customers in a similar situation.

A furnace inspection also ensures that the unit is safe to run. Some furnaces can emit dangerous carbon monoxide if they start to run inefficiently. This odorless poison can have devastating effects if it makes its way through the home’s duct system. Thus, for peace of mind that your family is safe, schedule an inspection.

Another benefit of an annual furnace inspection is to get the system running efficiently as possible. While some homeowners don’t want to spend the overhead to have an HVAC professional visit their home, that cost can easily be recouped in lower heating bills and a furnace with a longer lasting life.

Areas Checked During a Furnace Inspection

When a furnace starts to develop problems that go unchecked, the other components of the unit start to work harder to compensate, thus using up their life prematurely. An inspection involves cleaning and troubleshooting these areas to make sure they’re running at an optimum level such as:

  • Inspecting vents, filters, and the heat exchanger.
  • Lubricating all blower bearings and the motor itself for hassle free operation.
  • Ensuring that the pilot light works.
  • Cleaning out debris and dust from around the motor, the burners and inside the blower compartment.
  • Testing thermostats to make sure they correspond as programmed.
  • Checking to make sure all safety equipment work as intended including the pilot safety light, pressure switches, and limit controls.
  • Cleaning the flue and making sure it opens as it should.
  • Inspecting other gas appliances including water heaters, stoves, and dryers.

Many furnaces and air conditioning companies include annual maintenance inspections as part of their sales terms which could be a deciding factor in which HVAC companies you choose. I recommend an annual furnace inspection even if it does incur additional costs. It’s hard to stress enough the importance of being safe and efficient heading into yet another long winter season.

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