The Importance of Heating Inspections
If your furnace has ever shut down in the middle of a cold night, then you may have an idea why you need regular heating inspections. Like any other machine, your heating system needs to be inspected regularly to ensure it’s functioning optimally. It’s also important to ensure the furnace doesn’t surprise you when you’re least ready for repairs or a replacement. By scheduling heating inspections with an expert, you also save money and protect your heating system from severe damage.
Keep reading to find out why you need to make sure your heater is inspected regularly.
Increased Efficiency and Savings
According to Energy Star, up to 50% of the energy you use in your home goes to cooling and heating. Being smart about your heating system can have a huge impact on your utility bills. When a heating expert inspects your heater, they ensure every part is working flawlessly. They also make sure the device is operating at peak performance and that it won’t give you problems before the next inspection. If there are any issues, they’re sorted out immediately, leaving your furnace fully efficient.
For instance, some of the things they check for are dust and debris that clog the air filters. As the filters get clogged, the system works harder to suck sufficient air into the heater. If this issue isn’t checked and corrected in good time, your heating system may be inefficient. This means paying more for the energy used to heat your home.
Keep Your Warranty Valid
If you check your warranty, it’s likely you’ll see a clause that advises you to inspect and maintain your heating system at a regular interval. If you fail to do this, the warranty becomes invalid. It’s also important to note that your warranty can be voided if your system isn’t inspected or maintained by a certified professional.
Voiding your warranty may not seem like a big deal until your heating system breaks down. It may even feel worse when you find out you need a replacement. If you wouldn’t want to cover the costs yourself, then make sure your device is inspected regularly.
Increase Life Span
Just like any other complex machine, your heater contains many parts that wear down over time. In many cases, it’s not easy to notice a worn-out part until it causes the heater to shut down or become conspicuously inefficient. When such a part is identified early enough by a qualified expert, it’s removed and replaced before damaging others and forcing the heating system to become inefficient or stop working.
When problematic areas are missed, it’s easy to find yourself conducting expensive repairs. You may also have to pay for a replacement if your heater breaks down. Depending on your system, repairs can be very expensive. Replacing the whole system isn’t something you’d want to do either. That’s why you need to keep your system protected by having it inspected regularly. Regular inspections can increase the life span of your unit.
Reduce Potential Health Risks
Unless you’ve recently had your furnace inspected, there’s a chance it’s emitting carbon monoxide without your knowledge. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless. That’s why it’s difficult to detect. This invisible gas generally causes nausea, dizziness, headaches, and, in some cases, death. The more you use your heating system, the weaker it becomes. Over time, it may develop cracks that may let out carbon monoxide into your home. The good thing is that this can only happen if these weaknesses aren’t discovered in good time during inspections.
If you want to keep your family safe and healthy, you need to ensure your furnace is checked by a professional frequently.
Uncover Potential Fire Hazards
There are many furnace issues that can lead to fires. When a professional is checking your furnace, they may discover and solve issues that can easily cause fires. Some of them include:
- Leaking gas joint
- Flammable debris
- Small animals
- A damaged light fixture
- Unlubricated moving parts
- Disconnected or exposed wires
- Blocked filter
If your filter is blocked, for instance, your furnace can catch fire easily. While the furnace may not stop working when the air filter is blocked, it’ll work a lot harder than usual. As the blockage increases and the system works harder, it may overheat. As a result, the blower motor could catch fire and spread it to the rest of the system. A routine furnace inspection can keep your family and home from experiencing a deadly fire outbreak. Not only could a fire be traumatic and life-threatening, but it could definitely affect your savings and wallet in repair costs. It’s much better to try to mitigate any risk of fire beforehand rather than having to deal with the expenses involved in the aftermath of one.
Timing Is Key
You may already know that there are parts in furnaces that are generally difficult to find. Although your specialist may source them for you, it may take some time to get them, depending on the age of your heater and model number. For instance, your heater may require one or more unique components that have to come from overseas.
The furnace’s manufacturer may also have to customize the part to match your model. You can imagine what would happen if your furnace broke down in the middle of the coldest month this season and you had to wait for a custom part to arrive from overseas. An early inspection gives you time to get these parts in good time—before the weather becomes too extreme for you to wait.
Don’t allow something that could have been avoided with a simple inspection ruin your season. This is the best time to schedule your inspection because your furnace is most likely doing fine. When the temperatures drop below freezing, you want to rest assured that your furnace is in perfect condition.
Reliable Heating Inspections
Your heater is one of the most complex appliances running in your house. As such, it should only be handled by a certified HVAC professional. You don’t want someone to perform a shoddy inspection and find yourself seeking emergency repair services in the middle of a cold day. Christian Brothers Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical have the necessary skills, experience, and certification to inspect your heater regardless of its model or age.
More and more families living in Glendale, AZ, have been partnering with us over the years because of our matchless HVAC services. Besides performing regular inspections, we install and repair heating systems depending on our clients’ needs. Christian Brothers Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical is always ready to provide you a comprehensive and stress-free heating system inspection within the shortest time possible. We also offer a wide variety of plumbing, electrical, and AC services. Call us today to schedule an inspection or learn more about our top-rated services. You can rely on our high-quality services to make sure you stay warm and safe throughout the cold season and beyond.