Do I Need a Furnace Inspection and Cleaning?

During the warmer months, your furnace takes a much-needed break from keeping your home nice and toasty. Once colder weather rolls in, you’ll likely have to dust off the cobwebs (literally and figuratively) before that trusty appliance can start pumping out warm air once again. Which is why we recommend that a furnace be professionally inspected and cleaned at least once per year. Ignoring this important task can have a negative effect on a furnace’s safety, longevity and efficiency.

Wondering if your furnace is overdue for a cleaning? Here are some telltale signs.

Inconsistent Airflow

Inconsistent airflow can be caused by a variety of reasons, including blocked or covered vents or a clogged furnace filter. First, check that each vent has at least 18 inches of clearance from furniture, drapes, and any other obstructions. Then, check your furnace filter and replace it if needed. If that doesn’t resolve the airflow issue, it’s time for a professional inspection and cleaning.

Inconsistent Temperature

Do you feel like you’re on a roller coaster of temperatures as you walk through your home? Check that all vents are open and free from obstructions and that no windows or exterior doors are open. If that doesn’t do it, an HVAC professional can help determine the cause of the inconsistency. The solution may be as simple as conducting a thorough cleaning or more involved like leaky or poorly installed ductwork.

Excessive Dust

If you find yourself dusting more often than not, it’s likely a sign your furnace is in need of a good cleaning. A dirty furnace pushes dirt, dust and debris into your home, covering solid surfaces in a layer of dust. If ignored for too long, it can lead to serious furnace problems, including system failure.

Unusual Odors

Overall, your furnace shouldn’t emit too many odors. It’s not uncommon to notice a burning dust smell when you first turn on the furnace at the start of the heating season. However, the smell should dissipate after a couple of days. If it persists, try changing the air filter or have the system inspected by an HVAC pro.

Higher Energy Bills

Dirt, dust, and debris inside a furnace make it work harder to move warm air throughout a home, resulting in longer run times and increased heating costs. Annual preventive maintenance helps ensure optimum performance, increased energy-efficiency, and longer equipment life.

Frequent System Shutdowns

A furnace that keeps shutting down is not only annoying, it can result in damage to plumbing pipes and appliances and puts homeowners in danger during extremely cold weather. Frequent shut downs can be due to a variety of reasons, including a dirty filter that obstructs airflow to the heat exchanger, or dirty inner components causing the furnace to struggle to operate.

Heating systems that receive annual preventive maintenance last longer and cost less to operate. Whether yours is gas or oil, baseboard or forced air, contact Air Professionals to keep yours in tip-top shape and ensure season after season of indoor comfort. 

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