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Hometap Tip: Schedule Your Furnace Inspection

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picture of author, Hometap TeamBy Hometap Team on November 5, 2018

An inspected furnace is an efficient furnace, leading to a toasty home and reduced heating bills. Additionally, an inspected furnace preserves your household health, since clean filters minimize air particle buildup and well-sealed vents reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Spending around $100 (the national average, plus the cost of new filters) to get your furnace inspected and tuned up can provide incalculable savings to both your home and well-being.

What to Do

Ensure your furnace is in good working order prior to heavy use this winter.

What You’ll Need

The Basics

  • Dust mask
  • Gloves

The Works

  • New air filter
  • Foil tape
  • Vacuum

How to Do It

In most cases, you should hire a professional to do a full furnace inspection and make any needed repairs. Beforehand, however, there are a few steps homeowners can take for a preliminary check.

All Furnaces

Go down to your furnace and look at the burner flame. Ideally, the flame should be steady and blue. If the furnace is running, listen for any unusual noises or vibrations.

Turn off both the fuel supply (gas line or oil burner) and power source to your furnace.

Locate the air filter and determine if it should be replaced. Purchase the appropriate size replacement filter from your local hardware store. Carefully remove the old filter and replace it with the new one. Discard the dirty filter.

Check the furnace’s flue pipe for any cracks or breaches. Minor breaches can be closed with foil tape whereas large cracks will require a full pipe replacement.

Gas Furnaces

Smell the area around the furnace for any gas odors. Check the batteries in your home’s carbon monoxide detectors and replace as needed. If anything seems off, call a furnace technician immediately.

Oil Furnaces

Check to see when you last had your oil filter changed on your furnace. If it’s been awhile or you can’t remember, schedule a filter replacement as part of an inspection.

Restore the fuel and power to your furnace.

If your heat is circulated through floor vents, remove their screens and vacuum out any collected dirt and debris. Wipe down screens and replace securely. Discard all collected dirt and dust.

You should know

We do our best to make sure that the information in this post is as accurate as possible as of the date it is published, but things change quickly sometimes. Hometap does not endorse or monitor any linked websites. Individual situations differ, so consult your own finance, tax or legal professional to determine what makes sense for you.

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