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Are Furnace Inspections Really Necessary?

Furnace Manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified technician. They also talk about the warranty may be voided if you don’t have furnaces properly maintained. Does this mean it is required ? The best analogy I can equate this too is going to the dentist every six months for a check-up not required but recommended. We all know what happens when we wait too long to go to the dentist…

Are all heating Tune-ups and inspections created equal? It depends a heating guy that charges $29.00 for a service tune-up and inspection is going to be quite different from the guy charging $200. There are many different companies offering different named services, some may call it a tune-up others maintenance regardless the name make sure when choosing a company ask them what they will be doing. Here is a list of some of things they should be doing.

  • Check thermostat calibration
  • Clean furnace ignition assembly
  • Check combustion air
  • Test furnace starting capabilities
  • Examine heat exchanger for damage and corrosion
  • Monitor flue draft
  • Test furnace safety controls
  • Inspect gas piping
  • Clean and/or replace standard air filters
  • Measure for correct air flow
  • Tighten electrical connections

Although this is not all this should give you an Idea of what to ask when you call. A lot of people think that they can do this themselves the only homeowners that I know that are knowledgeable to do the stuff listed and more are heating and air conditioning contractors. If your furnace guy just sticks a vacuum on your furnace and sucks a little dust up and calls it good, than sure you can do that yourself, but if he is going to take care of the list of things I just talked about and more than you should call a heating and air conditioning professional.

The last thing I want to talk about is the cost. Is it worth paying the $80-$150 it costs for the Tune-up well $80 barely will even cover the trip charge and keep in mind this isn’t just about preventive maintenance it’s also about safety and catching a problem before your furnace quits working in the middle of the night. When you have to hire a heating contractor on Sunday in the middle of the night because the furnace stoped working you will be paying more for emergency rates. I can’t guarantee you won’t have a heating problem if you have tune-up but I can promise you are more likely to have one if you don’t

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