As a homeowner you know how important it is to regularly maintain your ac system, but when was the last time you had your heater serviced? To ensure that your furnace lives just as long as your air conditioner, it should receive the same amount of tender loving care.
What is a heater tune-up? What services does it include?
Furnace tune-ups are more than just a routine cleaning. During the tune-up appointment, a technician will run a series of tests on your heating system to ensure that it is operating as intended. Our tune-ups include a 26-point inspection to detect potential problems or hazards. Our inspections include:
- Test and operate the system
- Inspect system wiring
- Check electrical components and disconnect
- Check condensate and clear condensate trap
- Check blower bearings, inspect the blower wheel, and check the blower housing, aperage and balance
- Clean the thermostat and check the program and battery
- Check flue for separation, rust and clearance
- Check inducer motor/draft
- Check and clean burners
- Check flame sensor
- Check heating compartment
- Check heat exchanger
- Do a cooling trial test
- Clean and adjust all components in your heating system
How often should I get a tune-up? Is it really necessary?
Your furnace deserves just as much attention as the rest of your HVAC system. At the very least, you should schedule an inspection once a year. For the safety of your home and family, it is important to ensure your system does not have any leaks or ruptures. Because most furnaces use gas fuel to generate heat, even the smallest leaks can be dangerous.
Getting your heater serviced may seem inconvenient, but it is a necessary aspect of homeownership. Furnace manufacturers even recommend that you get a regular furnace inspection from a trained professional in order to maintain your warranty.
The older your furnace, the important it is to get it looked at on a regular basis. After ten years old, HVAC systems start to work less efficiently and experience more breakdowns. Your inspection appointment will help you know when will be the right time to finally make a replacement and even prolong the life of the system in general.
Even if you only use your heater for a small portion of the year, ensuring it is functional year-round is one of the many ways you can keep your home safe.
6 problems that can be avoided with regular maintenance:
- Poor air filtration: Got allergies? When your air filters are clogged with dust, your heater can’t filter the air properly.
- Short life span: Heaters have a similar life-span to AC units, but they age a lot faster when they aren’t routinely cleaned and maintained. If your heater is older than 15 years, it will be near the end of its life.
- Dangerous gas leaks: Inside the front panel of most furnaces, there is a pilot light. If that light is lit up yellow, it may be a sign your unit is leaking carbon monoxide and you should call a technician immediately.
- Cold air: Naturally, furnaces should generate heat. If your heater is blowing cold air, your unit may be failing.
- Strange noises: Your heater shouldn’t make squeaks or pops. If you start hearing that, you’ll need a professional to diagnose the problem.
- Increased utility bills – If your heating bills seem abnormally high, this may be a sign that your unit is being overworked and is about to go out.
How to Save on Your Next Heater Tune-up
For $19 a month, you can join our residential HVAC maintenance membership and receive discounts and benefits – plus annual maintenance – for what you’d normally pay for a system tune-up and safety check. To learn more, read our Club Advantage Program.