3 Reasons Why Your Heating System Needs Inspection
When the temperature dips, homeowners turn their attention to their heating systems in preparation for winter. The best way to keep your system running trouble-free is to have a heating professional inspect and clean your home HVAC system.
‘Cleaning’ a heating system actually involves more than most homeowners realize. Organized checklists allow technicians to systematically review the individual systems and subsystems to make sure they are in proper working order. A certified technician will inspect and service the safety controls, exhaust, pipes and heat exchanger.
Here are the top three reasons why your heating system requires an annual inspection:
Save Fuel and Money
Fuel consumption can often be dramatically reduced, saving you money all year long. A professional that inspects your system will properly tune up your system and advise you on deficiencies that require repair or upgrades. If you have a very old system, it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient system. If your central heating system is over ten years old, you may want to consider replacing it.
Regular servicing will restore your heating unit to a maximum performance level. In addition, it will be less likely to break down during the coldest time of the year! Deferring maintenance may save you money in the short-term, but in the long run, the cost and the inconvenience of emergency repairs can be substantial.
Protect Your Home and Health
Thousands of house fires occur every year due to damaged or improperly functioning furnaces and water heating systems. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is generated from oil or gas-burning heating systems. Carbon monoxide poisoning from poorly vented or broken heating sources can be dangerous and can even cause death. Homes are often sealed up tight during the cold weather, making CO buildup even more likely. Place a carbon monoxide detector near your ventilation system to make sure carbon monoxide levels do not become dangerous.
Depending on your type of HVAC system, there are specific items that technicians examine when servicing your furnace or water heater. In addition to a visual inspection, a technician will check for leaks in the pipes, proper ventilation, and the system’s air filter.
The best time to schedule an inspection is in the fall. Various government agencies recommend an annual inspection by a licensed professional. You won’t want to be stuck with a broken heating system in the middle of winter!