This time of year, homeowners in Grosse Pointe and St. Clair are preparing their homes for winter weather. One crucial step on your fall home improvement list should be calling your heating contractor to schedule your furnace inspection. Furnace inspections are important for the health of your equipment and the comfort of your family come cooler temperatures.
Equipment manufacturers recommend annual maintenance for your furnace. A furnace inspection is essential to ensure your furnace is in good working condition and to call attention to areas in need of improvement. In some cases, it may even be required in the terms of your warranty. During a furnace inspection, your technician will review these areas:
- Your furnace’s ventilation system will be inspected for blocks and leaks to ensure combustion gases are properly vented.
- Drains are checked for blocks and leaks, and the condensate drain and trap checked to see if cleaning is necessary.
- Intake grills and louvers are also inspected to detect any blockages.
- The blower door is checked to ensure a tight seal.
- Burners are inspected to make sure they are igniting properly.
- The heat exchanger is inspected for cracks, corrosion, and rust.
- The furnace’s blower wheel is inspected to ensure it is clean and free of debris.
- An amp-draw test is conducted in order to check that the blower motor is drawing the correct amount of current.
- The furnace’s wiring is inspected for damage.
- The air filter is checked for blockages.
There are a few steps you should take in order to prepare for your fall furnace inspection.
- Make sure your furnace is easily accessible for the technician.
- Clear away any items which are being stored around the furnace– it is best to keep the area around your furnace clear at all times.
- Note any issues you have noticed with your furnace so that you can discuss them with your technician during the inspection.
Don’t forget to schedule your furnace inspection before the temperatures drop this fall. Contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling today. We’ve been keeping our Bloomfield Hills and Lake Orion neighbors warm each winter since 1945.
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