Is a Furnace Tune-Up Really Necessary?
Do we really need a furnace tune-up every year?
Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a certified HVAC technician.
Many homeowners do not have their furnaces serviced every year, but there are some reasons why they should, especially if they have an older furnace.
A furnace tune-up allows a professional to examine the inner workings of your furnace to ensure that all of the essential components are functioning safely and correctly.
Fixing any issue in the fall or early winter means you are less likely to have a breakdown when it’s dangerously cold outside. When it gets very cold, HVAC technicians are in high demand.
Your furnace has to burn fuel to provide heat. Even a small problem in the combustion process can lead to harmful carbon monoxide levels or a very dangerous gas leak.
Most furnace tune-ups include basic cleaning and changing of the air filter. The cleaning process helps to remove some of the dust and debris in your system, improving air quality throughout your home.
Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace. It can lead to a shortened lifespan and/or increased repairs.
Improve Energy Efficiency
A furnace tune-up includes the basic cleaning and inspection of the furnace to ensure correct temperature output. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible all season.
Maintain Manufacturer’s Warranty
Some HVAC manufacturers require you to have regular maintenance on the furnace and to keep records of all work performed. Failure to do so could void your warranty.
Here is what’s Included in a Tune-Up
- Test operating pressures
- Test starting capabilities
- Test and adjust blower components
- Test and check safety control
- Change filters
- Clean condensate drains
- Test voltage motors
- Test AMO draws on motors