Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance of your furnace by a qualified technician. They also have language in their warranties saying that damage to the units caused by improper maintenance is not covered under the warranty. Does this mean that an annual furnace checkup is really required, or the warranty is voided? Possibly not, but it’s recommended.
Another really good reason to have your furnace inspected annually is peace of mind. You don’t want to wake up to a freezing cold house on a Saturday morning and have to call the HVAC guy for emergency service. Remember the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” An ounce of prevention is cheaper too.
You might ask the question, can I do this myself and save some money? The short answer would be, you probably could, if the only thing you do is check the pilot light and filter and vacuum dust out of the furnace (which you should do regularly anyway) but for anything more extensive than that, only if you have experience and know what you are doing. Otherwise, it’s worth spending a little money every year to have a professional do it and ensure that your furnace is adequately taken care of.
Included below is a partial list of things that different furnace manufacturers recommend having a qualified HVAC technician perform annually:
Another thing to keep in mind no matter who you hire, is that you make sure you know exactly what they are going to do for the price they are quoting you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. With Peter Needham, you get up front pricing so you know exactly what you are getting. Peter also has over 30 years of experience, so remember that when you are getting quotes. Experience matters.
Give Peter a call today and let him quote your Preventative Furnace Maintenance Check, Furnace Tune Up or Furnace Startup Inspection. 781.396.4800.