What Exactly Is A Furnace Inspection?

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There’s a lot more to a furnace inspection than just turning on your furnace and changing the furnace filter. There are actually quite a few steps involved, which are important to ensure your furnace is running cleanly and efficiently all winter long. The worst case scenario of not properly taking care of your furnace is that it will stop running while you’re away on your winter vacation, and the pipes in your house freezes. Frozen pipes typically burst, and replacing a bunch of burst pipes is incredibly expensive.

The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to keep your furnace running well all winter long. A furnace inspection is like an oil change to a car. You don’t absolutely have to do it, but you know it’ll keep your car running well and reduce the amount you have to spend on repairs in the future.

So what should you expect when you schedule a furnace inspection? Here are some of the typical services that should be performed during a furnace inspection.

  • The blower motor, wheel and housing will all be inspected and properly cleaned.
  • Some older furnaces need lubrication to the blower motor, and when doing so the belt will be checked for fraying.
  • The combustion blower will be inspected for obstructions, lint and other debris, and cleaned.
  • Your furnace will be inspected thoroughly for gas leaks.
  • Condensate lines, pan and drain will be inspected.
  • The evaporator coil will be check for proper functioning.
  • The burner will be inspected and cleaned if applicable.
  • All safety controls and the ignition will be thoroughly inspected.
  • The heat exchanger and heat elements will be inspected if applicable.
  • Where applicable, the flue will be inspected for holes and corrosion.
  • All electrical components and connections will be inspected.
  • The air filter will be replaced.
  • The duct system will be inspected for holes and cleanliness.
  • The startup system will be inspected for errors.
  • Unusual sounds and smells will be investigated.
  • Air conditioners and heat pumps will be inspected while the HVAC system is running.
  • The temperature will be measured and checked.

These and many additional things will be looked at depending on the brand and model of your furnace. Inspections differ between oil and gas furnaces, but an experienced technician should be able to take care of both types of furnace inspections.

For more information about your next furnace inspection or to schedule an appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been inspecting, installing and repairing furnaces in Toronto and the GTA for over 30 years.