Springdale Professional Furnace Tune Up Services
Having your furnace serviced regularly is just as important as having your car’s oil changed on schedule. Without servicing, parts of the furnace get dirtier, lose effectiveness, and can prompt an abrupt and badly arranged breakdown. A tune-up can help keep your family safe and warm all winter long, whether your furnace needs a tune-up or is making strange noises.
What does a furnace tune up cover?
It is a real inconvenience when a person relies on a furnace for survival during extreme cold and it suddenly breaks down. 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. By regularly having your unit inspected, you can keep it from breaking down, experiencing problems, or needing to be replaced. This also helps it to continue running efficiently and give the homeowner savings on his or her heating bills.
During a tune-up, a professional will:
- pilot system and/or electrical components
- test the heating elements
- 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 safety and limit switches
Why is a tune-up necessary?
You do more than help it to look good when you clean the whole furnace including its inside parts. A clean furnace will certainly run much better than a dirty one. You may notice that your energy bill is lower after the air flow filters have been replaced and the coils have been cleaned.
A furnace tune up includes the critical step of inspecting the pilot system. When the fuel is incompletely burned then this can cause a home to have a dangerous level of carbon monoxide which causes health problems. You can find out if your furnace is likely to emit this dangerous gas by contacting a certified professional.
Regular maintenance saves money on your energy bills each season, as well as saving money by decreasing the amount of repairs needed over the life of the unit. After all, if you don’t take care of it, you’ll have to have it repaired more. When the furnace has parts that are already dirty or ineffective it can cause strain to it and thus wear out faster. Some parts may be too expensive to repair and the entire unit may have to be replaced.
Don’t wait until winter sets in to call in a professional to inspect and service your furnace. Doing proper maintenance on it can make you use it for 15 to 20 years. Many furnaces can last between 30 and 40 years with periodic tune-ups, depending on the rate of use and other environmental factors.
Having regular tune-ups will help you save money by avoiding expensive repairs, as well as lower your energy costs. Some manufacturers will invalidate the warranty on a furnace that has not been serviced according to schedule. Although your furnace seems to be running fine now, a check up can preempt any damage and eventually save thousands of dollars for you.
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 maintaining that needs to be done on one’s furnace. There are, however, some ways you can help the longevity of your furnace and have it work more efficiently between tune-ups.
If you regularly change the air filter, your furnace will run more efficiently. Dirty filters impede air flow and make the furnace work harder to produce the same level of heating. Experts recommend replacing a furnace’s air filter every three months, especially if you own pets. Some benefits of changing your air filter include increased furnace efficiency and elimination of toxins and allergens.
Some homeowners close off vents to control the flow of hot air, but that practice can cause damaging strain on a furnace. Mold can grow inside the ducts because of closed air vents. You’re not going to save money by closing vents if you end up having to replace your furnace sooner.
If your furnace vents are located outside then you need to make sure that there are no debris or critters that can cause blockages there. The best time to check for these problems are when the season changes. Before calling in a repairman, it’s a good idea to check for these types of issues when your furnace is experiencing malfunction.