Now that summertime is upon us in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, it’s not exactly top of mind to think about our furnaces. Most of us are happy to bask in the warm summer sun and not think of cold weather or turning on the heat again for the next several months.
But summer is actually a great time to think about home maintenance routines, and part of that should include an annual furnace inspection. The warm summer months are actually the perfect time to call in a furnace inspector—if there are any repairs or maintenance required, it can be done without disrupting the regular use of your heating system so you are not left out in the cold.
When it comes to furnace maintenance, it might set off some alarm bells in your head —to many people, furnace repairs and maintenance equal high costs. But that’s not necessarily the case and regular furnace inspections can actually end up saving you money in the long term. If you have never had a furnace inspection done before, you might be wondering about what to expect so we’ve broken it down for you to ease any worries you might have.
First, a qualified plumber will be sent to your home and will begin to check all the parts of your furnace to make sure they are in good working condition. That includes checking to see that the ventilation system is free of any blockages like dirt and debris, and that there are no sneaky leaks that the air is seeping out of. They will also make sure that all of the seals are in good condition and that there are no signs of corrosion.
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Next, the plumber will take a look at the intake grills and exchangers, again looking for build up by way of dirt and gunk that might have accumulated over time. There is also a chance that small critters have found their way into the warm areas and have started to nest.
Other areas of the furnace that will get attention are the drains, wiring and the burner. Each of these parts will get a good, thorough cleaning if necessary and will be inspected for signs of deterioration or corrosion.
Finally, the plumber will change the furnace filters if they have become dirty and clogged, an important step in ensuring the air quality for you and your family.
Checking in on your furnace and making sure it is in the best working order it can be has benefits for your health, and your wallet. For example, the cleaner your furnace is, the better the air quality will be. If you find yourself or members of you family sneezing or getting stuffed up when you walk in the door, it is a good idea to check the condition of your furnace.
You might also notice overall savings after a furnace inspection. If your furnace is not operating to it’s optimal capacity, you might notice uneven heating throughout your house, tempting you to turn up the heat because your bedroom is colder than your living room. Or your thermostat might say that the temperature is higher than it feels, again, prompting you to crank the heat. However, those are signs of a poorly functioning furnace and by fixing the root problem, you will find that the heat in your home will be more evenly distributed, saving you money on your heating bills.
If you are not sure if it is time for a furnace inspection, check to see how old your furnace is. If you know your furnace has been operating for many years, the more important it is to make sure it is in good working order. Or perhaps you notice a musty smell or loud noises every time you turn the heat on in your home, those are other signs to call in a plumber for a furnace inspection.
If you have any questions about furnace inspections or would like to book one today, give us a call at Lillie Family Heating. We would be happy to meet any of your furnace needs.