Professional Furnace Tune-Up Services
Having your furnace serviced regularly is just as important as having your car’s oil changed on schedule. If it’s not regularly serviced, furnace parts wear out faster, get dirty, lose efficiency, and can lead to a sudden breakdown. Whether your furnace is making strange sounds or running smoothly, it’s recommended to get them annually checked to keep your family safe.
What does a furnace tune-up cover?
Whatever purpose your family is using your furnace, it can be really inconvenient when it suddenly breaks down on you. During its tune-up, the technician will examine its many parts and do a repair on those parts that need it. Inspecting the furnace will help prevent any sudden failures or breakdowns, problems on a regular basis, and/or frequent replacements. They also save you money on your heating bill throughout the winter season by keeping your furnace running more efficiently.
During a tune-up, a professional will:
- recalibrate the thermostat
- clean the major components of the furnace
- lubricate the mechanical parts
- check for system leaks and tears or gaps in the ductwork
- test the heating elements
- pilot system and/or electrical components
- test the safety and limit switches
Why is a tune-up necessary?
There are far more compelling reasons to have your furnace cleaned regularly than simply keeping it looking nice. The cleanliness of a furnace is closely linked to operational efficiency. Simply having the airflow filter replaced and the coils cleaned periodically will improve your furnace’s operating efficiency which in turn can reduce your energy bills.
When it comes to a tune-up for your furnace, the pilot system needs to be tested. If the fuel is not burned completely, it can cause carbon monoxide build-up inside your home, which can have a negative effect on your health and well-being. You can contact a certified professional to see if your furnace is emitting carbon monoxide.
The tune-ups not only prevent you from spending extra cash on your energy bills, but they can also help save money in the long-run by avoiding pricey repairs over the lifetime of your unit. Inadequate maintenance can lead to higher repair needs frequently. Your unit will have to work harder, and thus wear out faster if parts are allowed to become dirty or become ineffective. Eventually, you’ll get to a point where the parts are too expensive and it’s more cost-effective to replace the unit instead.
While the furnace may not be given any thought when it is not in use, it should be given care and attention before winter comes. Most furnaces can last about 15-20 years when given the proper regular maintenance. You might even get 30 or 40 years of use out of your furnace, depending on your usage.
If your furnace is supported by a warranty, then regular checks and tune-ups might be necessary to keep the warranty valid. Many manufacturers will only repair or replace a furnace that’s under warranty if the homeowner can show that all scheduled maintenance has been performed. When the parts are dirty, they become ineffective, which means your furnace must work harder.
How should homeowners maintain their furnaces between tune-ups?
When there are no repairs that need to be done on it, there is actually little maintenance that needs to be done on one’s furnace. There are some ways, however, that you can help your furnace last as much as you can and work efficiently until the next tuning is scheduled.
One of the ways you can maintain an efficient furnace is to change the air filter on a regular basis. When there is a filter that is dirty this can lead to a strain on the mechanical parts of the furnace. For these reasons, homeowners are advised to change air filters at least every three months, especially if they have pets. Air filters not only will improve your furnace’s operating efficiency but also remove allergens, toxins, and particulate matter from the air your family breathes.
Even if closing all air passages seems like the best idea to control the temperature in your home, it can cause stress to the heating machine which can lead to damage or other problems. Closing vents can also create conditions that promote the growth of mold in the ductwork. Closing vents, contrary to what some homeowners think, won’t save any money in the long run because the furnace may need to be replaced sooner.
Finally, if your furnace vents are on the outside of your home, you’ll want to make sure that nothing is blocking or restricting airflows such as critters or other debris. The best time to check for these problems is when the season changes. If there seems to be a problem while the furnace is running already then you can also check first for blockages in its vents before making a call to the experts.