Furnace Inspection Steps: Is Your Heater Ready for Winter?

Hopefully, you’ve already had maintenance done for your heater this year. It’s recommended that you have this service done at least once a year—twice a year if you have heat pump. If you are one of the many homeowners that has a furnace, though, then once a year is sufficient, but it’s imperative that you not skip this appointment.

The safety risks involved with older furnaces are not as large of a concern today, as modern furnaces are much more advanced than those of the past. However, there is still at least a small chance of carbon monoxide leaks with gas-powered furnaces, and fire hazards if you have an electric-powered heating system. Fortunately, all it takes is one maintenance appointment—and inherent inspection—a year to make sure that your furnace is ready to perform effectively and safely this winter.

Understanding the Steps of Furnace Inspection

The inspection of your heating system is perhaps the most important part of your furnace maintenance appointment. It’s at this time that our technicians take a close look at the system to make sure it’s safe to operate. This also allows us to check for possible repair needs so that you can take care of them now and reduce the risk of them turning into much larger problems later.

It makes sense if you’re wondering just why inspection is so important. When you pay for a service, it’s natural to want to know the steps that our professionally trained technicians take. Wonder no more—during your furnace inspection, we will take the following steps and more:

  • Check combustion gases to ensure that your system is only producing the byproducts that it should be, and exhausting them as appropriate.
  • Examine the furnace vent system for any blockages or leaks. Either of these can cause a safety switch to malfunction, or can cause dangerous gases to back up into your living space.
  • Check the heat exchanger for corrosion, faulty installation, rust, or any other factor that might impact it’s performance.
  • Inspect the flame sensor and ensure it is working correctly.
  • Check for frayed wiring.

At Earl’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we encourage our customers to be proactive and schedule their Hobart, IN furnace maintenance appointment as early in the heating season as possible. Contact us today to schedule yours now!