Painesville, Ohio Professional Furnace Tune-Up Services
Regular check-ups are as important for a furnace as changing oil for a car. Without a regular check-up, furnace parts will wear out faster, get dirty, lose its efficiency, and can lead to an unanticipated 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?
Whether or not your family uses the furnace to keep your home at a preferred comfortable temperature, or if you fully rely on it to keep you warm during frigid temperatures, an unexpected breakdown is a major source of aggravation. When it is tuned up, the expert examines all its parts to see if there is anything that needs to be repaired or replaced. Regular inspection can help prevent breakdowns that pop up in the future, recurring problems, and frequent replacements. 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
- recalibrate the thermostat
- lubricate the mechanical parts
- clean the major components of the furnace
- check for system leaks and tears or gaps in the ductwork
- test the heating elements
- test the safety and limit switches
Why is a tune-up necessary?
When the furnace is cleaned inside this is done not just for its look nice. Clean furnaces operate far more efficiently than dirty ones do. You can even see a reduction in your energy bills if the airflow filter is replaced and the coils are cleaned regularly.
When it comes to a tune-up for your furnace, the pilot system needs to be tested. If the fuel is not burning properly, it can cause carbon monoxide build-up which can have a detrimental effect on your family’s health and well-being. A certified professional can help you in determining if there is a risk that your unit is leaking this dangerous gas.
A tune-up will not only save you money on your energy bill, but it will also save you money by helping you avoid costly repairs over the life of your unit. After all, if you don’t take care of it, you’ll have to have it repaired more. Inefficient components in it can make the furnace ineffective and quicker to wear out. As time passes, some parts may become too costly to repair and the whole unit might need to be replaced.
While no attention is given to the furnace when it is not used, you need to attend to it as part of early prevention steps before the season when it will be used. You should get about 15 to 20 years of use out of a well-maintained furnace. Depending on how much you use it and other factors, a furnace can last up to 40 years, with proper maintenance and tune-ups.
If you have a newer furnace, be aware that regular maintenance by a certified technician, may be required to keep the warranty valid. Many manufacturers will not issue refunds unless the homeowner has had all required maintenance checks performed, though they may still repair or replace a defective unit. Even a furnace that seems to be operating properly can benefit from a tuneup that could end up saving the homeowner the expense of a major repair at some point.
How should homeowners maintain their furnaces between tune-ups?
Unless there is something broken with it, a furnace has very few maintenance needs. There are things the homeowner can do, however, to help the furnace last as long as possible.
One of the ways you can maintain an efficient furnace is to change the air filter regularly. Airflow is slowed down by a dirty filter, which makes the furnace work harder to produce the same amount of heat. Experts recommend swapping out your furnace’s air filter every three months or so, especially if you’re a pet owner. A filter will not only improve the function of your furnace, but will also filter out toxins, allergens, and particles so that your family can breathe clean air.
Homeowners who close off the vents in certain rooms in a mistaken attempt to conserve energy may be inadvertently putting unnecessary strain on their furnace, which can result in damage to the unit. 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 the airflows. When the seasons start to change, this time is the ultimate time to look for these problems. If you find that you are having problems with your furnace when it is running then you need to check the vents first for blockages before you give a call to the service professional.