Don't Wait Until the Snow Flies

Home Inspector with SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno 450.004175

Did you remember to tuneup your furnace?  Winter has been pretty rough in Bourbonnais, Illinois so far this year. There are a few things that are worse than a furnace acting up in the middle of the winter, but for the life of me I can't think of any right now. Your furnace needs an annual checkup and if you put it off until now, you're asking for trouble. Waiting until the snow flies means you waited about 3 months too long. Now if you're depending on something like this old furnace to keep you warm through the winter, then you might want to invest in a space heater. Or rent a hotel room. And also get a working Carbon Monoxide detector, because this Ole Smokey is a potential death trap.Old Smokey has seen better days,

But when I think of an old Smokey, I think of this old gravity octopus furnace. I know that this is a bit extreme, but whatever your heating mode, make sure it's safe and checked by a qualified professional.

  Vintage 1908


Furnaces are kind of like the tires on your car or oil changes.

Don't rotate the tires or change the oil on time and you will be buying new tires sooner

or worse yet, buying a new car because the engine blew.

The average life span of a furnace can be greatly extended just by getting this simple tune-up.

Make sure your home is ready for winter. If you have questions, feel free to call


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Scott Seaton-The Home Inspector With A Heart 

SLS Home Inspections @815-644-6271

Inspecting homes like yours in the Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Illinois area since 2007.

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Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - it seems everything needs a maintenance plan in order to stay in proper/efficient operating order.  

Dec 01, 2019 10:45 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


it is easy to take a furnace for granted-until it conks out or acts up.

Dec 01, 2019 01:39 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We have a company here in Charlotte that offers a low flat fee to get your furnace safety checked. Obviously hoping for an upsell opportunity.

Dec 01, 2019 02:54 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

Upselling to a new HI Efficiancy is a smart idea and will pay for itself over time. 

Dec 07, 2019 05:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector I had a new Buderus Furnace installed in August in preparation for a long hard New England winter..... 

Dec 02, 2019 03:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- I'd rather invest in an inspection or check-up than have to deal with the alternative. 

Dec 06, 2019 07:07 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector

That's because you're smart, and you know it will break down on the coldest day of the year. 

Dec 07, 2019 05:30 AM