As temperatures — and eventually snowflakes — begin to fall during the winter months ahead, knowing you have a cozy, warm house waiting when you go outdoors makes all the difference.
That is, until your furnace goes on the fritz! Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid a cold weather HVAC catastrophe, including having an annual furnace inspection. Find out what makes a professional tune up so important and what to expect in terms of furnace tune up cost.
Why get an annual furnace inspection?
Maintenance & prevention
Keeping your heating system humming goes a long way toward avoiding any unexpected breakdowns when the temperature gets to be BRRRR! outside.
During an annual furnace inspection, your HVAC technician should examine all the parts of your unit and ducts, clean and lubricate the necessary parts, and make sure no abnormal pressure is building up anywhere in the system.
A furnace pro should also make sure your thermostat is functioning properly, and change your air filter. As with all major home systems, regular maintenance helps prevent small problems from getting bigger and costing more money down the line.
Efficiency & savings
Don’t make your furnace work harder than it has to! A well-functioning furnace translates into efficiency, which keeps your energy bills low.
Having a regular inspection also helps you avoid having to make unexpected repairs or — even worse — replace your furnace entirely. What’s more, if your furnace goes kaput at an inconvenient time, like a non-business hours or a holiday, you might spend more for service.
During every visit your furnace professional can update you on how long to expect your unit to last. This lets you prepare financially for a potential replacement on the horizon.
Health & safety
Making sure that your furnace functions properly can also be a matter of life and death. Carbon monoxide (CO) leaks stemming from an improperly functioning furnace can cause serious health problems, including headaches, nausea or dizziness. In severe cases, it can be fatal.
About 400 Americans die and 20,000 visit the emergency room for unintentional CO poisoning each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Because CO is a colorless and odorless gas, it’s difficult to detect, making it all the more important to have a professional inspect your heating unit for safety.
Expect to spend anywhere from about $80 to $100 for a furnace tune up, but more if repairs are also needed. Many companies offer service contracts or maintenance plans, which may reduce the cost of an annual visit from a pro and provide other benefits. Experts also recommend tuning up your A/C before cooling season, so service contracts often include an annual inspection for both systems.
Tips for top performance
Whether you have an old furnace or one that’s been recently installed, there are a few DIY steps you can take throughout the year to ensure your system is running smoothly and efficiently:
- Change your air filter on a regular basis, at minimum every three months.
- Use a programmable thermostat to save energy and make sure it functions properly.
- Do a visual inspection of your furnace periodically and call a pro if anything looks amiss.
- Schedule an annual professional inspection, ideally before heating season.
If you decide to schedule a furnace inspection, call John C. Flood for courteous and expert service. Our team of professionals will get your furnace in tip-top shape for the season. You can also enroll in one of our annual energy saving management plans.