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How often do you have your furnace inspected?

Discussion in 'Home Improvement' started by BTBAKER, Nov 29, 2019.

  1. Nov 29, 2019 at 9:33 PM
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    Just curious. I’m going on five years on both my furnaces without inspection. In my last house I did it once in 10 years. I do change filters monthly but that’s about it.
    Most manufacturers say an annual inspection in warranted but that seems like overkill.
    What’s everyone doing?
     
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  2. Nov 29, 2019 at 10:04 PM
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    Gas or oil ?
     
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    Once every year. Yearly inspections don't cost much at all. Not overkill at all.
     
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    I do every year or two. Every 3 years I have the ducting cleaned. You wouldn't believe the stuff that come out of there.
     
  5. Nov 30, 2019 at 4:29 AM
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    Every year.
     
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  6. Nov 30, 2019 at 4:39 AM
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    Every year. I do a contract with my HVAC company to check and balance our systems (we have two) twice a year. My furnace is gas and I don't want to mess around with potential leaks etc. They also replace the big filter on our main system.
     
  7. Nov 30, 2019 at 4:50 AM
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    same here. they come out right before the summer and right before the winter. i think its $180 for both visits and it is worth the piece of mind. i would hate for the units to go out in the middle of the 100 degree summers or the 20 degree winters.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2019 at 5:29 AM
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    I do mine in fall and in spring... I normally do visual inspection of the units .. open them up make sure everything is in order.. the check the duct work for leaks repair if need and I'm good.

    Only thing I can't do I freon tho I know how to do it..
     
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  9. Nov 30, 2019 at 5:43 AM
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    Every year.
     
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  11. Nov 30, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    Gas.
     
  12. Nov 30, 2019 at 7:44 AM
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    Annual seems to be the norm. Maybe I need to rethink my approach.
     
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  13. Nov 30, 2019 at 7:49 AM
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    My professional opinion is gas is pretty maintenance free. Most service techs coming out to do a “annual check up” are doing nothing more then a filter change, visual inspection inside cabinet for obvious things and then sticking the temp probe in the plenum and checking heat rise that’s specified on the door. Unless the furnace is up there in age I wouldn’t stress over it. Now if it was oil I’d definitely say def get a tune up and inspections annually. Just my .02
     
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    Gas furnaces have safety features that should be checked annually. 1st 3-5 yrs maybe every other year.
    The exchanger should also be inspected for flaws, if faulty you are at risk to Carbon monoxide exposure.
     
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  15. Nov 30, 2019 at 7:58 AM
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    I haven't run my furnace in 7 years, and for that reason, I should probably get it inspected soon.
     
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    Lost track after #1.
    Thanks for the reminder to do this.
     
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    ^^^ X2.
     
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  18. Nov 30, 2019 at 9:57 AM
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    A good inspection will also check the indoor and outdoor fan amps and balancing to make sure the motors are running good, use a combustion analyzer, clean the flame sensor, check the filter, clean the burners if needed, go thru the humidifier, check for operation, do a CO check, tighten all wires / connections; check, tighten and clean thermostat, and out of safety I check the water heater.

    I agree with @19TundraPlatinum that this can seem like a waste of money, but sometimes we can avoid a breakdown with preventative maintenance. Most of the time Murphy's Law applies but at least I can say I worked and noted the specs on each and every client's furnace that I check.
     
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    That sounds thorough. I’d be curious if every HVAC tech would be this articulate?
    I never sit and watch as I feel the tech would think I’m bird digging them. I guess I just assume they are doing everything.
     
  20. Dec 1, 2019 at 5:30 AM
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    I always watch and ask questions. It is "My" service that is being paid for......
     
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    THIS^^ and I get a printout report on all of the findings and any corrective actions. I have a zoned system as well and they check all that. My main filter is a monster HEPA filter that you have to go into the attic to install once a year, too. That is part of the service (replacing it; I have to buy the filter)
     
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    There are several reputable service outfits here in Denver Metro and competition is fierce keeping prices low. Check Tom Martino's referral list for your area. Service specials all the time.
     
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    I have my NG heater checked yearly.
     
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    You really should do it every year. Especially cleaning the ducting and fuel valves. And replacing the filter. It will run smoother, last longer, burn cleaner, and just be a lot more efficient.

    I do my own. it’s easy enough to do and it’s cheap. I typically Budget $75 a year on parts. Vacuum and brush off the burners. Takes me a couple hours. Just be careful. There are pieces in there you can’t touch. YouTube it!

    If you live in an area that gets weather I strongly recommend you know how your furnace operates. These things always seem to break down on Saturday morning just before you get 15” of snow.

    And I find the best way to understand how something works is to do your homework first and then clean it.
     
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    Speaking as an commercial HVAC/R journeyman, the residential side of the trade is chock full of idiots and sales techs whose sole mission is to sell.

    At least here in SoCal anyways...

    Here’s my take on residential maintenance;

    1) Get your systems checked out at twice a year.

    2) Ignore anyone doing inspections for less than $150. They are sales driven with little to no technical knowledge.

    3) To do a good tune up physically takes 2 hours.Checking operations, checking ductwork (fuk attics) cleaning the heat exchanger and AC coils then doing a CO and combustion analysis takes time, skill and expensive equipment.

    4) Clean up your house/attic/garage before they come out. Too many fat, lazy, extreme hoarders expect trash clean up and haul away as part of the service. Just to access equipment.
     
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    4 inch filter is the way to go. I put one in when I just recently did my change out at my house. A5CABC86-6FF5-4C96-B4A0-A3D41F742AAB.jpg

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    Love the hoarder part. It was awesome when the pictures on the paperwork from the salesman would show a complete disaster and they would note that “they told the customer to have it cleaned up”. Sell new flues and line set and the basement is literally packed to the ceiling with sh!t. Good point if you want your tech to do a good job cleaning up the area is a huge help. If it’s a disaster he’s gonna be in and out as fast as possible.
     
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    We have two AC units, one for downstairs & one upstairs (both outside on the side of the house) We have a NG furnace in the attic no one has been near since we bought the 5 year old house in 2008. They are both Carriers, the larger one's compressor failed in 2012 inside the 10 year warranty and Carrier paid for the parts, we paid about 500 labor. Both have had the resistors replaced twice, about 70 bucks each time (I know it's a 7.00 part but I'm not comfortable doing it myself).

    We ran the furnace for the first time this year yesterday.

    Guess I need to have it looked at.
     

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