Is a Furnace Inspection Worth It?

August 16, 2017

This is a question we get a LOT from Kansas City homeowners. Our answer? Absolutely.

Now before you roll your eyes and assume we’re just out for your business, hear us out.

Furnace maintenance is incredibly cost-effective because it:

  • Reduces your monthly energy bills

  • Prevents breakdowns and repairs

  • Keeps your system warranty valid

BUT keep in mind that a furnace inspection/maintenance is only worth it if it’s done correctly  and by an honest, skilled tech.

We’ll show you just how financially “worth it” a furnace inspection can be. But we’ll also show you how to steer clear of any scammers and make sure you’re getting everything you’re paying for from your furnace maintenance visit.

3 ways a furnace inspection saves you money

1. Reduces your monthly energy bills

Proper HVAC maintenance can cut your HVAC energy costs by up to 40% (according to Building Efficiency Initiative).

You see, over time, your furnace components accumulate dirt/dust and experience wear and tear that forces the system to work harder and longer to heat your home. And the harder and longer your furnace has to work, the more energy it eats, which causes your energy bills to skyrocket.

For example, during a proper maintenance visit, a tech will lubricate all the moving parts of your furnace. How does this cut back on energy costs? Well, over time, the lack of lubrication increases friction between moving parts which means your furnace has to use more energy to run properly.

2. Prevents breakdowns and repairs

According to Energy Star, annual maintenance prevents future problems and the unwanted costs associated with early furnace failure.

Let’s take a closer look at how much this can save you:

So instead of neglecting your furnace and suddenly facing these pricey problems, scheduling annual furnace maintenance can keep your system healthy longer.

Think of it this way: you wouldn’t wait until your car breaks down to change the oil, right? You change the oil on a regular basis as a preventative measure to avoid costly car breakdowns. The same should go for your furnace.

3. Keeps your system warranty valid

Investing in annual furnace maintenance not only prevents repairs altogether but it also prevents you from having to pay for any replacement parts in the event that something happens to your furnace.

Why? Because almost all furnace manufacturers state that if you don’t have your furnace regularly maintained by a professional every year, the warranty with them becomes void.

Let’s imagine that you’re facing a pretty pricey furnace repair because you didn’t keep it maintained every year like you should. You’re not excited to pay for the repair but it turns out that your AC should still be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty so you should only have to pay for the labor, right?

Wrong. Instead, you’re faced with paying for both labor and parts for the repair. Why? Because you have no record that the furnace was maintained every year by a professional.

Related: 5 Ways to Accidentally Void Your AC Warranty

Beware: not all furnace maintenance visits are worth it…

If you’re interested in having your furnace maintained before the heating season, make sure that your furnace inspection is done correctly and by an honest tech.

Otherwise you’re getting scammed. We’ll explain how to tell whether your furnace maintenance visit is legit or not.

Signs your furnace maintenance isn’t legit.

  • The company won’t disclose what they actually check for during a maintenance visit. The ACCA (Air Conditioner Contractors of America) created a “nationally-recognized, manufacturer-endorsed set of inspection tasks” that helps distinguish a quality maintenance service from a scammy one. So, before you hand over any money, ask your tech to tell you exactly what they’ll be checking. If they won’t or if their list doesn’t compare to the ACCA furnace inspection task list, move on.

  • Your tech isn’t actually getting dirty. After an entire season of heating, your furnace will accumulate a good amount of dirt and debris that a tech should clean away during a maintenance visit.

  • Your tech pushes hard for upsells. To be fair, some furnaces are so old and in such bad shape that a tech will strongly suggest a system replacement. But if the tech barely looks at the furnace equipment and immediately starts using fear tactics to push hard for an expensive repair or a complete system replacement, he’s probably just out for your money.

  • The tech is secretive about what they’re actually doing. This could be a sign that they’re not actually performing the inspection tasks they should be. But this could also mean they’re purposely harming your furnace equipment when you’re not looking so that they can sell you an expensive repair or replacement.

In need of a trustworthy furnace inspection?

If you need an honest tech who can keep your furnace healthy longer, just contact us.

We offer various maintenance plan packages that save you money on repairs, trip charges and even equipment upgrades.

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