A Guide to Scheduling Furnace Inspections

October 3, 2019 By Excelsior Mechanical Blog

Furnace Inspections

In many cases, homeowners only schedule heating system services after something goes wrong. Yet, furnace inspections can help keep your system running smoothly, and may even prevent or delay the need for more extensive repairs. Ideally, you should have your furnace checked at least once per year. Find out why these inspections are so important and when you should schedule them below.

Benefits of a Furnace Inspection

Improve Efficiency

Furnace efficiency is important. After all, an inefficient furnace may not heat your whole house when you need it to, and it could also contribute to rising energy costs. A yearly inspection helps contractors determine whether your system is running as efficiently as it should, or whether furnace repair may be necessary.

Increase Lifespan

Having furnace maintenance performed regularly allows you to extend the system’s lifespan as long as possible. This will help you get the most from your investment and stretch your home maintenance budget as far as you can.

Prevent Breakdowns

If your furnace breaks during the coldest season, you could be stuck spending a few nights in a hotel room. An annual checkup will help to ensure that your furnace makes it through the entire winter without any major malfunctions.

Boost Performance

Your furnace must perform well in order to heat your entire home. Furnace inspection can detect any problems that prevent the system from heating your house effectively.

Maintain Your Warranty

If your furnace manufacturer offers a warranty, you may need to have annual maintenance performed for it to remain valid. If you don’t, you may lose the warranty, and costs for replacement parts or a new system would have to come out of your pocket.

When to Schedule Furnace Inspection and Maintenance

Ideally, you should schedule your furnace inspection in the early fall, before extreme drops in temperature move in. Summer’s end is the best time to prepare for winter, as you don’t want to realize your system doesn’t work when you actually need it.

However, you can still have your furnace inspected any time of the year, including the middle of winter. Most importantly, make sure it’s checked by a professional at least once a year. Even if the inspection does need to take place during the winter, at least you’ll be maintaining your system so that it can run optimally through the rest of the season.