Give Your Furnace a Fall Physical
If you follow your doctor’s recommendations, you go in for a physical once a year. Your height and weight are recorded, your blood pressure and reflexes are tested, and you have the chance to bring up any health concerns with your doctor.
The same process occurs when you schedule fall maintenance once a year for your furnace. Its heat output and air velocity are recorded, the air filter is changed, and you have the chance to bring up any performance concerns with your technician.
It’s easy to neglect yearly physicals if you’re in good health, but should you do the same with your furnace? If it seems to be running just fine, is a fall physical really necessary? Here are the reasons to schedule a furnace checkup and the tasks you can expect a technician to perform.
Benefits of Fall Furnace Physicals
- Lower your utility bills: Because an experienced technician can ensure everything is operating in tip-top shape, your operational costs remain steady instead of rising as they would if you neglected your furnace.
- Save money on repairs: Annual maintenance is perfect for catching problems as they develop. That way, repairs are affordable and scheduled instead of expensive and sudden.
- Increase the lifespan of your equipment: Furnace physicals keep your unit in the best shape possible so system failure doesn’t occur until many years from now.
- Improve home comfort and indoor air quality: If there are any issues with your heating system, an experienced technician will catch it and correct it so your furnace increases its ability to keep your home comfortable. Checkups also result in cleaner indoor air because the technician cleans and services parts that could increase pollution production.
- Enjoy peace of mind: Perhaps the best benefit of furnace maintenance is the chance to sit back and relax all winter long, knowing that your heating system is less likely to experience a problem this season. You can also rest assured that your system is operating safely and not posing a risk to you or your family’s health.
What a Fall Furnace Physical Involves
- Check the thermostat: To ensure you appreciate the most savings possible, a technician will inspect the thermostat wiring and settings.
- Tighten electrical connections: Faulty connections can occur over time, leading to unsafe operation of your system and reduced lifespan of important system parts. A technician performing annual HVAC maintenance prevents this.
- Lubricate moving parts: Friction increases electricity use and puts greater wear on your system. These issues can be prevented with a fall furnace physical.
- •Inspect the condensate drain: A clogged drain can cause water damage and negatively affect humidity levels in your home. Fortunately, a quick inspection from a qualified technician can do away with these problems.
- Check system controls: You want to know your furnace is operating safely, and after a technician has checked the system controls, he or she can verify this for you.
- Check fuel line connections, pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger: Improper connections in these areas create a fire hazard and can lead to health problems for anyone in your home. They also cause your equipment to operate less efficiently. That’s why a technician gives these areas thorough attention during a furnace physical.
- Change the filter: While a technician will surely perform this basic task during a maintenance visit, you should change the filter once a month to ensure proper airflow through the system. Good airflow helps prevent high energy bills and overheating. Ask your technician to show you how to change the filter.