If you haven’t scheduled a furnace inspection for your home, now’s the time to get it done. As the chilly season looms, it’s important to have furnace components checked out by a qualified HVAC technician before the first cold snap.

Some good reasons for scheduling a furnace inspection include:

Safety. A gas-fired furnace incorporates numerous components to ensure safe operation. It’s important that these systems are fully inspected and tested for the winter season.

Reliability. If some parts in the system have become marginal, it’s best to find out about that before you have a furnace malfunction (probably on the coldest night of the year).

Warranty Coverage. If your furnace is still under warranty, the terms of that warranty typically require annual inspection and preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician.

A typical furnace inspection includes the following:

  • Furnace heat-exchanger check. Because this critical component keeps deadly carbon monoxide from entering the home, it’s a vital inspection and test to ensure the safety of your family.
  • Electrical wiring. All wiring and connections in the system should be checked to ensure the furnace motor, thermostat, and other powered components are properly connected together.  
  • Verify thermostat setting. Make sure the thermostat turns the furnace on and off properly for each heating cycle. Verify that the temperature throughout the house matches the programmed thermostat setting.
  • Test air circulation and temperature. Check for the proper temperature of warm air at vents in each room in the house.
  • Blower motor checkup. Inspect the blower located in the indoor air handler and verify that it’s fully operational. Check for loose or worn drive belts, and clean fan blades.
  • Inspect the furnace vent. Make sure the vent is fully intact all the way to the exterior of the house and that it’s not leaking hazardous fumes into the structure.
  • Test for hazardous furnace fumes, such as carbon monoxide in the house. Also test the operation of carbon monoxide sensors and smoke alarms in the house. 

For more information and to schedule a furnace inspection in your home, contact the heating pros at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.