People tend to take their furnace for granted. It’s just that beast of a machine that takes up lots of basement space and blows hot air into the house when it’s cold. That’s all well and good, until it goes bad and suddenly you’re freezing in the winter! Do you really need to have your furnace checked every fall season? Yes, you do. Here’s why a fall furnace checkup is so necessary, and what your technician will do.
Every furnace manufacturer and HVAC technician recommends an annual inspection, maintenance and cleaning appointment for your furnace. A fall furnace checkup isn’t just to cost you money; it’s to keep your furnace in good working order. In fact, many manufacturers include wording that failure to maintain your furnace every year may void its warranty, or at very least, damage caused by failure to perform regular maintenance will not be covered.
Inspection and Tune-Up
Your technician will come in once a year and perform an inspection on your furnace to make sure everything is working properly and no repairs need to be made. The cost for this inspection varies from technician to technician but shouldn’t be more than a couple hundred dollars, assuming your system is working properly.
Each contractor will provide different services, but should be willing to outline what they do, why they do it, and what it will cost.
The following systems are vital to your furnace and should be checked over every year to keep your system in good working order.
- Vent System: This should be checked for leaks, clogs and other blockage.
- Combustion Gases: These should be checked against unit specifications.
- Blower Access Door: The seal at the furnace needs to be strong and secure.
- Air Intake: louvres and grills should be checked for blockage and clogs.
- Heat Exchanger: This can become rusty and corroded over time.
- Burner Maintenance: Are the burners igniting? Is the flame steady and strong? Are the flame sensors working right?
- Drainage System: Again, blockage and leaks can develop.
- Blower Wheel: Requires cleaning and debris clearage.
- Blower Motor: The amperage should be tested, wiring checked for damage.
- Air Filter Change: Air filters should actually be changed up to 4 times per year; you can do this yourself. Ask your contractor how.
- Other Maintenance: Some contractors may test for temperature rise issues, gas and air pressure, and other routine health and safety checks.
Can You Do It Yourself?
DIY is all the rage these days, and yes, some bits of maintenance can be done by the homeowner. This should be restricted, however, to things like changing the air filter, which is a basic swap. For more detailed maintenance, you should always secure the services of a qualified HVAC technician. The cost you pay for an annual checkup can save you thousands of dollars in furnace replacement and can even extend the life of your unit past its normal expectancy. If you live in the Canton, GA area and need a fall furnace checkup, contact us for an appointment today.