Professional Furnace Tune-Up Services
You shouldn’t skimp on regular tune-ups for your furnace any more than you would on oil changes for your car. Regular service visits by a professional are the best way to extend the life of your furnace, increase its efficiency, and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Whether your furnace makes strange noises or runs fine, a tune-up will help keep you and your family safe and warm throughout the winter.
What does a furnace tune-up cover?
Whether a family uses the furnace to control the temperature or relies on the heat during freezing temperatures, sudden breakdowns are very inconvenient. To help the furnace last as long as possible, regular tune-ups will involve inspection of all parts of the system as well as repair of any damage. The prevention of unexpected breakdowns, recurring issues, and frequent replacements, are the benefits of regular inspections. They can likewise enable the furnace to run all the more effectively and set aside your cash on your heating bills throughout the entire winter.
During a tune-up, a professional will:
- test the safety and limit switches
- pilot system and/or electrical components
- recalibrate the thermostat
- check for system leaks and tears or gaps in the ductwork
- clean the major components of the furnace
- lubricate the mechanical parts
- test the heating elements
Why is a tune-up necessary?
When all the parts inside the furnace are thoroughly cleaned this does more than help it to look good. A clean furnace runs far more efficiently than one that is dirty. You can even see a reduction in your energy bills if the airflow filter is replaced and the coils are cleaned regularly.
Quality assurance of the pilot system is another important step in a furnace tuning up. A yellow flame instead of a blue one indicates that the fuel is not burning off completely, and that may lead to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide building up in your home — a serious threat to the health and welfare of your family. Hire a certified professional to help you find out if your furnace is emitting this dangerous gas.
Regular maintenance can save you money not just on your energy bills by making your system more efficient, but can also help avoid expensive repairs. When the unit is lacking in its maintenance then this could lead to more repair needs. Your unit will have to work harder, and thus wear out faster if parts are allowed to become dirty or become ineffective. After some time, some of its parts will become too costly to repair and the better thing to do is to just replace it.
Most people don’t think about their furnace until it breaks down in the middle of winter, but the best practice is to have yours serviced before the weather gets cold. With proper checks and maintenance, furnaces can last between 15-20 years. With the right amount of usage and good environmental factors, a furnace can last even up to between 30-40 years.
Having regular tune-ups will help you save money by avoiding expensive repairs, as well as lower your energy costs. Most companies undertake the process of repair or replace a unit under warranty, only if it has undergone all check-ups scheduled previously. Even a furnace that is functioning properly now would benefit from a tune-up that could prevent anything from going wrong.
How should homeowners maintain their furnaces between tune-ups?
A furnace typically needs only a little maintaining unless there is something wrong with it. But there are some things that you can do for it to last longer and run efficiently.
If you regularly change the air filter, your furnace will run more efficiently. The airflow drops due to dirty filters, which can put the furnace and its mechanics under a lot of strain resulting in it to work harder to produce the same levels of comfort across the home. You should be changing your air filter regularly. Experts say it should be at least every three months especially if you have pets. Furnace filters not only improve operational efficiency but also remove allergens, toxins, and particulate matter so that your family is breathing cleaner air year-round.
You’re mistaken if you think that it makes sense to try to control airflow and temperatures by closing certain air vents because doing that can force your furnace to work harder, which can result in damage to your furnace. Another unforeseen consequence of closing off vents is the promotion of mold growth. You’re not saving money by closing vents if your furnace ends up wearing out faster as a result.
Lastly, if the vents that you are using for your furnace are found outside you need to make sure that there is nothing in it that causes airflow restriction. The best time to check for these problems is when the season changes. Operating problems while the furnace is running should prompt homeowners to check for blockages before calling in a professional.