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The Importance of Annual Inspection and Service of the Heating System

Posted on: November 18, 2016

To make sure that your home heating system works efficiently, it’s important to arrange for an annual inspection of all your heating equipment. Making sure that your furnace, vent pipes, and boiler are all working efficiently requires regular annual servicing. Unfortunately, many homeowners put off arranging an annual service until it’s too late. Very often, the heating system breaks down just when they need it the most – when the temperature drops.

However, waiting to get repairs done can be very frustrating for the whole family.

In this article, you will learn about the many reasons why you should arrange for an annual inspection and service of your heating system. This information could save you from having to pay for costly repairs and also the inconvenience of not having warmth and hot water in winter time.

Benefits of an Annual Inspection and Service of Home Heating System

The best time to inspect your home’s heating system is just before the cold weather hits. Other homeowners opt to have their heating system inspection done in the spring time. However, whenever ever you choose to have it done, here are the main benefits to having your heating system inspected and serviced annually.

This is what a qualified licensed plumber or heating engineer will check for:

Check the vent pipes

This is important to make sure that there is no blockage in the vent pipes which would cause dangerous carbon monoxide to build up in your home. The plumber will check for a proper upward pitch to make sure all fumes and dangerous gasses are being extracted.

Furnace inspection and cleaning

During the annual inspection of the heating system, the furnace will be checked over and thoroughly cleaned from a soot buildup. This helps the furnace to operate efficiently, saving you hard-earned money in the long run. The service engineer also will replace any malfunctioning parts and clean or replace the nozzle.

Test the furnace and thermostat

The engineer or plumber will also check that the thermostat is working properly and will adjust the furnace setting so that it is operating as efficiently as possible. The plumber will fire up the heating system and check the smoke content, flue pressure and other readings to ensure that everything is working as it should.

Overall, arranging for a professional plumber to check and service your heating system could save around 10-20% on your yearly heating bills. He will also identify and fix worn or broken parts in the heating system which could save you money on costly repair bills.

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