As soon as fall sets in we tend to start to think about winter and how cold it will get. Fall is the best time to have your furnace inspected to ensure that it will keep your home warm when the cold weather set in. Furnace maintenance is isn’t just about safety, it’s also about preventative maintenance. Absolute P & M Services outline more below.
Should I Get My Furnace Serviced Every Year?
Keep in mind that most furnace manufacturers recommended you have your furnace inspected by a qualified technician. The small print usually states that damage to the unit due to improper maintenance is not covered by the warranty. Does that mean that the warranty will be voided unless you have an annual inspection and performance done? Probably not, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Think about going to the doctor once a year for a check-up; it’s not necessary but recommended. New furnaces may only need maintenance every other year, but once they are more than ten years old, they should be checked once a year.
Checklist for what is Included in Annual Furnace Tune Up
What you get for your money will all depend on how much you’re paying. Different contractors will have different checklists that can make it difficult to compare services between companies. There may also be subtle differences in descriptions. What’s the difference between a “check-up” and a “tune-up?” There seems to be no industry standard for a furnace turn-up, so what’s included in one might vary greatly from one company to the next. You will need to know exactly what what’s included so you know exactly what’s being done for what you’re paying. Parts and systems that should be checked annually include:
• Vent system
• Blower access door
• Fresh air intake grills
• Heat exchanger
• Drainage system
• Blower wheel
• An amp-draw test should be performed
• Wiring needs to be checked
• Combustion gases should be analyzed
The filter will be checked, but this is something that should be done more frequently than annually.
DIY Furnace Maintenance
Homeowners can do anything they like when it comes to their home, but that doesn’t mean they should. Most homeowners do not know everything involved with a heating system. If the only thing the technician is going to do is clean your furnace out with a vacuum cleaner than you’re good to do it yourself. If they take care of half the things that need to be done, you are probably getting what you’re paying for.
What the Average Cost of Furnace Maintenance?
Annual furnace maintenance will optimize efficiency and performance, check safety issues and find and fix minor repairs before they cause major mechanical failures. Routine furnace maintenance costs between $115 to $200 based on a checklist of services included. When your furnace is clean and well-maintained, it will keep your home comfortable, safe and it will reduce energy costs.