Are Annual Furnace Inspections Really Necessary?
As the seasons begin to change, this is one of the most common questions we receive as HVAC technicians. “Is it really necessary to get your furnace inspected annually?” With every reply, “YES!” Annual inspections are extremely important not only for the upkeep of your home, but also for your safety. Many HVAC companies say up to 75% of their calls, are due to the lack of maintenance provided to the system. Let’s put this into another perspective. Think of your furnace as a vehicle. Without preventative maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations, etc, MANY things can go wrong throughout the year. All of which could have been prevented. When old man winter knocks at your door, don’t leave your family in the cold. As a homeowner, you want what is best for your family and your pocket. Getting your annual inspection can do both of these. Most homeowners are unaware of what can happen if these aren’t performed.
First, Carbon Monoxide can leak into your home. It is carried out of the home by the furnace’s venting. A clean burning furnace only produces small amounts, where as an inefficient, dirty furnace can produce large amounts. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely dangerous and can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. An estimated 500 deaths and more than 15,000 cases have been reported due to exposure. Don’t let this happen to you!
All furnaces have electrical components. In due time, wiring can corrode which can cause a multitude of problems. The furnace may not start, leaving you in the cold. The corroded wires can cause unwanted power outages causing damage to other electrical devices. Worst of all, it can cause a fire. It can happen any time, while sleeping or even while you’re at work.
When purchasing a new furnace, most come with warranties and can be very handy at times. Stated in the fine print of these warranties, your furnace must have annual inspections in order to keep the warranty valid. If not, the warranty will be voided. Without a warranty and if something goes wrong, you are left paying out of pocket to get your heat back up and running efficiently.
Dust is yet another important factor in maintenance. Dust can effect almost every part of your furnace. The filtration system of your furnace prevents dust, dirt and other debris from entering the furnace and home. If the filtration system is clogged and not maintained, little airflow can get by, causing major overheating. Overheating can cause damage to the heat exchanger and other important components, which can eventually lead to possible replacement of those components.
These are just some of the many things that need to be checked and maintained through the seasons. An annual inspection is recommended to keep your furnace running clean and efficiently, all while keeping you and your family warm, and saving that extra cash where it belongs: in your wallet.