Annual Furnace Inspection: Why Should I Get One?

Annual Furnace Inspection: Why Should I Get One?

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Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes cold temperatures! Don’t wait until it’s freezing to have your annual furnace inspection – if you do, a chilly surprise may be in store. From improved comfort and safety to lower heating bills, furnace maintenance delivers the affordable, comprehensive care your heating system needs this year.

How often should you have your furnace inspected?

An annual furnace checkup is absolutely necessary, for a number of reasons. During a furnace inspection and tune-up, a qualified technician delivers the care your system components need to undo damage caused by wear and tear over past heating seasons. With this, the furnace is less likely to break down on you this year and more likely to stay in service longer.

Regular maintenance ensures each system component is able to function at its fullest. It also remedies any system issues found that stand in the way of performance, such as airflow obstructions or loose connections. With an annual inspection, your heating system operates more efficiently, which helps lower the cost of heating your home each winter.

When the furnace operates at peak performance levels with all components in good condition, it delivers more reliable, even temperatures throughout your home. The number of contaminants in the system is reduced to improve indoor air quality. These factors translate into better comfort inside your home throughout the winter season.

A furnace inspection is critical for the safety of your family. Gas furnaces produce a number of byproducts through the combustion process that are dangerous to humans and pets. In a well-maintained system, these byproducts vent out of the home safely through the furnace flue. System malfunctions such as a cracked heat exchanger or blocked flue allow them to build up and enter your home, where exposure is dangerous – and sometimes even deadly, in the case of carbon monoxide poisoning. Furnace service ensures all components are in good condition and operating as they should to avoid safety issues during the winter months.

Additionally, many heating system manufacturers require furnace inspections each year to uphold their warranties. If you fail to have this service performed by a licensed HVAC technician, you could void your warranty coverage. This has the potential to be a very costly mistake should you need repairs in the future.

What does a furnace inspection consist of?

Maintenance delivers comprehensive care for a home’s heating system. When Estes Services performs your annual tune-up, our NATE-certified HVAC technicians perform the following steps:

  • Furnace filter change
  • Clear drain lines
  • Visual system inspection
  • Measure amp draw and capacitor levels
  • Clean flame sensor and burners
  • Test for gas leaks
  • Inspect vent piping
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Check and adjust gas pressure
  • Inspect ductwork
  • Change thermostat batteries
  • Test thermostat operation
  • Change CO detector batteries
  • Test CO detector operation

How much does it cost to have a furnace inspected?

A furnace inspection costs around $100, though the price varies from one HVAC company to the next. Comparatively, its cost is less than most all furnace repairs, and is drastically cheaper than system replacement. At such a good price, you can’t afford not to schedule a furnace inspection each year.

For additional savings, sign up for a preventive maintenance agreement! For one low price, you receive an annual inspection as well as a cooling system maintenance, so all your HVAC equipment is protected throughout the year. Plus, you gain other valuable benefits that save you money in the event an inspection turns up the need for furnace repair.

Get Your Furnace Inspection Scheduled Today!

Don’t put off having your furnace inspected another day – call Estes Services now to schedule a checkup for your heating system. Keep your furnace in top shape with quality Atlanta heating service for better comfort and higher energy efficiency throughout the winter months.