Annual Heating System Inspections
Annual heating system inspections are important in maintaining the life of your heating system. The winter season is almost here, and that means you’ll come to heavily rely on your heating system to stay warm and cozy. Nobody wants a busted furnace, especially in the dead of winter, but like any appliance, your heating system requires routine maintenance to function effectively.
Why You Should Schedule Annual Heating System Inspections
You use your home’s heating system enough throughout the year, that over time it wears down and eventually breaks. As your heating system gets older, more problems can creep up. Some HVAC damages are inevitable, and the best you can do is to catch a problem early before it turns into a much bigger problem. If your heating system is in need of a repair or tune-up, it won’t be working at its best, which can mean higher utility bills and cold rooms. Here are eight problems you don’t have to worry about if you schedule an annual heating system inspection.
- Ignition problems. Because your heating system needs to ignite the fuel it’s using to produce enough heat for your home, something can go wrong with the ignition itself. Pilot lights, igniters, and other electrical components may need a repair or replacement at some point. It can be hard to tell, however, if there is something wrong with your heating system’s ignition unless the pilot light says so. Luckily it’s one of the issues an HVAC technician looks for when doing an inspection.
- Thermostat malfunctions. You might have noticed that your heating system is operating a little unusual. Either the rooms in your house feel disappointingly cold or too warm. It could be an issue with your heating system or just a malfunctioning thermostat. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, which is why having a professional opinion can help.
- Imbalanced ventilation. Your heating system works by circulating heat throughout your home. It does so in a variety of ways, whether it’s through air ducts, underneath the floor, or just within reach of the unit. A lot, however, can prevent that heat from evenly being distributed throughout your home. Whether it’s a dirty filter, an obstructed air duct, or some unseen damage, an HVAC technician can determine the direct cause of the problem.
- Carbon monoxide leaks. Your heating system can be dangerous, especially if it’s leaking carbon monoxide. Unless you have a carbon monoxide detector, it’s difficult to detect because it’s colorless and odorless. Your heating system should never leak carbon monoxide, but it can if it’s damaged or in need of replacement. A heating system inspection can help detect a carbon monoxide leak or potential for one, keeping you and your household safe.
- A premature breakdown. Routine inspections and maintenance are what ideally keeps your heating system not only functioning, but functioning well, and living up to its expected lifespan. Taking care of a heating system, however, is expensive, and nothing’s more frustrating than an expensive appliance breaking down early. The more inspections and maintenance that is done for your heating system, the better the guarantee that your heating system will last.
- Poor indoor air quality. Not only does your heating system require routine inspections and maintenance, it also needs routine cleaning. All heating systems, for example, have an air filter that needs to be replaced at least once a month. A dirty heating system will only circulate dirty air throughout your home. A heating system inspection involves checking your heating system’s air filter, ventilation system, and other components that can suffer from dust and debris.
- A damaged heating system can’t function as well as it normally would, and a result is an appliance overworking itself to keep your house warm. You might notice it takes longer for a room to heat up, or there’s less heat coming out from the system altogether. If you’re not feeling a difference, you might notice an unwanted difference in your utility bills. Annual inspections help to prevent your heating system from running inefficiently.
- No safety hazards. A damaged heating system can be dangerous, and if left unrepaired, it can eventually lead to gas leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, house fires, and even explosions. Always call an HVAC technician right away if you suspect something is seriously wrong with your heating system. Your heating system can be dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be, especially when you catch the problem early.
Stay Warm this Winter by Treating Your Heating System Right
Enjoying a cozy winter season requires taking care of your heating system. Routine heating system inspections not only keep your HVAC system functioning properly but effectively, saving you money on utility bills and repair expenses. Don’t wait until it’s too late, and you’re suffering from a busted heating system. You deserve a warm holiday season. Call an HVAC technician today, and treat your heating system right with a much-needed inspection.
Call McHales today to schedule your annual heating system inspection!