Do I need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year?
February 13, 2012 6:23 AM Subscribe
Do I really need to have my furnace and AC inspected once a year?
posted by feelinggood to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
This is a high- or medium-efficiency gas furnace and an outside air-conditioning unit in Toronto. We pay $120 Canadian a year for Direct Energy to spend roughly 20 minutes (a year) looking at it and doing god-knows-what. I'm a little skeptical, but I know nothing.
I remember once calling them to repair something and the repairman remarked that the repair was necessary because we hadn't kept up regular service. I pointed out to him that his own company had been regularly servicing it -- so that's how invisible whatever they do is.
This $120 (+$15 tax) does not pay for any actual repairs, or servicing, etc. just an "annual safety check to help keep the equipment running safely and efficiently" and a "22-point diagnostic check to help detect carbon monoxide leaks."
Any advice or recommendations? Are there any other companies out there that might be worth looking into? They seem to have me by the balls.