You probably schedule regular dental and health check-ups for you and your family to make sure everyone stays healthy. You should also schedule yearly check-ups for your home heating system. A heating system that is well maintained runs more efficiently and can save you money in repairs and in heating costs.
What if your furnace works fine?
Heating units are easy to neglect. You may think everything is fine as long as your furnace works when you flip on the switch. However, problems can arise in the operating system from one heating season to the next. You should select a date, preferably in the fall of the year, for an inspection and cleaning to ensure your heating unit is working properly. Heating units run almost constantly in cold weather and sustain a lot of wear and tear. A malfunctioning furnace may break down or become a fire and safety hazard.
Your warranty may depend on it
Neglecting to have your furnace maintained may cause problems with the warranty should you need to use it in the future. You should check if your furnace has a warranty that requires regular cleaning and follow the guidelines to protect your warranty. Regular maintenance is not expensive and will pay off if you ever need a major repair that’s covered under the warranty.
What happens in an inspection?
A qualified heating repair technician will perform a safety check to look for blockages, which could lead to carbon monoxide seeping into your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be deadly. Even if you have carbon monoxide detectors installed, it’s better to catch blockages before you put your family at risk.
Burners need to be checked to make sure they are igniting properly. They can became gummed up with residue over time. Filters need to be checked and replaced. Your furnace technician can visually inspect the heat exchanger for rust and corrosion as well as the wiring.
Not a do-it-yourself project
You may wonder if you can inspect and clean your heating unit on your own. Unless you are certified and licensed in heating repair, inspecting a heating system is best left to a professional technician. They have the proper training and tools to perform the job correctly. They are trained to look for potential problems and usually have the necessary parts on hand if something needs to be replaced or repaired.
If heating season is already underway and you haven’t had your furnace inspected and cleaned, it’s not too late to contact your heating repair service and schedule a check-up. You’ll feel better knowing your furnace is working correctly and is ready for the cold months ahead. It’s not costly and may prevent a major breakdown that could leave you in the cold. It’s a small price to pay to ensure the safety and comfort of your family.
For more information, contact A Absolute Plumbing & Heating or a similar company.