Inspecting the furnace at a recent home inspection in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, I noted corrosion, deterioration and holes in the flue pipe which is a clear safety issue. This particular furnace was 15 years old and approaching the end of its expected life. It’s important to service your furnace on an annual basis for optimal performance, longevity and safety reasons.
Inspecting the furnace at a recent home inspection in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, I discovered several holes in the flue pipe. This is an obvious safety issue as combustion byproducts are no longer fully contained within the metal flue pipe. Replacement of corroded and deteriorated flue pipe was advised, together with fully servicing the furnace by a qualified HVAC contractor. Continue reading
Sometimes, it’s difficult to find your furnace filter(s). This video, taken at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, describes where the filters are located and how to replace. Your home inspector should have identified and filters, inspected, and brought to your attention their location. Oftentimes, filters are located within the furnace cabinet itself, and up high. These can be somewhat difficult to change, but with a little practice, it’s quite manageable. Replacement every 3+- months is advised, ensuring that the ARROW on the filter points in the direction of the furnace.
All Islands Home Inspections services all of the San Juan Islands, including Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, Shaw Island, Lopez Island and non-ferry served islands. We also service Anacortes and all of Skagit County, Whatcom County, Whidbey Island and all of Island County.
Selecting a new heating system can be complex. However, if you do your homework and talk to licensed heating/cooling professionals, a new system can make your home more comfortable and reduce energy costs.
- Usually it is more energy- and cost-efficient to replace systems older than about 15 years.
- The system you choose will depend on local climate, home size, amount of insulation, and the heating/cooling usage patterns.
- Look for an ENERGY STAR® label.
- Furnaces are rated by annual fuel-utilization efficiency (AFUE). High-efficiency units are rated above 90 percent.
- If choosing an air-source heat pump, look for one with a SEER of 13 or greater and a heating season performance factor (HSPF) of 7 or more.