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Do You Really Need a Yearly Furnace Check Up?

Do You Really Need a Yearly Furnace Check Up?If you’ve looked at the owner’s manual or warranty information for your furnace then you’ve likely noticed that the manufacturer recommends that you have professionals come out every year for maintenance. Clients are as us all the time: Is this really necessary? Do inspections really help? At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing we’ll tell you that it varies based on how much use your furnace gets and the type of furnace you have, but generally, yes – it is worth it to have it inspected every year. Here’s why.

It’s unlikely your warranty would be voided for not getting maintenance

The truth is that even though a manufacturer’s warranty often says that you’re required to get professional maintenance on a yearly basis, it’s unlikely that they’d actually turn down a warranty claim because you didn’t. Though, it should be noted that if this is stated in their warranty then they have every right to do so. We’ve just never heard of it happening.

Is it necessary to go to the dentist every year?

When clients ask us if they really need to get their system inspected every year, we ask them if it’s necessary to go to the dentist every year. The answer is of course that it’s not strictly necessary, but it is highly recommended. The same applies to furnace cleaning and maintenance. It may not be a requirement, and you may be fine without it, but it could also catch something when it’s still small that could have turned into a huge problem.

What exactly happens during maintenance

The reality is that there isn’t really an industry-standard list of things that are done during maintenance. However, if you take a look at your owner’s manual, it’ll likely list some things that need to be done. When you call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing, we’ll provide services specific to the needs of your furnace. Some common maintenance items on the checklist may include:

  • Checking the vent system for blockage or leaks.
  • Checking the blower access door to ensure it has a tight seal at the furnace.
  • Inspect the heat exchanger for rust and other forms of corrosion.
  • Analyzing combustion gases and comparing them to the specifications of your unit.
  • Checking fresh air intake grills and louvers for blocks.
  • Checking burners for flame, flame sense, and ignition.
  • Checking the draining system for blocks and leaks.
  • Cleaning the condensation drain and trap.
  • Replacing water in the condensation trap.
  • Checking the blower wheel for debris.
  • Checking to wire for damage and/or corrosion.
  • Testing the amp-draw on the blower motor and comparing it to what’s listed.
  • Checking filters.
  • Checking static air pressure.
  • Checking temperature rise.
  • Checking gas pressure.

Could you do this on your own? You might be able to, but if you don’t have the expertise of an HVAC professional then we recommend you call Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing at (661) 947-2653 to set up an appointment.

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