What does a furnace tune up cover?
- clean the major components of the furnace
- lubricate the mechanical parts
- check for system leaks and tears or gaps in the ductwork
- recalibrate the thermostat
- test the heating elements
- pilot system and/or electrical components
- test the safety and limit switches
Why is a tune-up necessary?
Another step in the tuning up of a furnace is testing out the pilot system. When fuel in it is incompletely burned this can be a health hazard for the family. Hire a certified professional to help you find out if your furnace is emitting this dangerous gas.
Regular furnace tune-ups will not only help conserve energy and keep your utility bill in check, but they will also save you money longer term because you won’t have as many repairs to pay for. Inadequate maintenance can lead to higher repair needs frequently. Inefficient components in it can make the furnace ineffective and quicker to wear out. When it becomes too expensive to repair a worn out furnace, you’ll need to replace it, which is an expensive proposition.
If your furnace is still covered by its warranty then you need to have it regularly tuned-up for the warranty to remain valid. There are companies that will only honor their product’s warranty if it meets its maintenance requirements. Even though your furnace might be running fine now, a check-up could wind up sparing you a great amount of money if something were to all of a sudden turn out badly.
How should homeowners maintain their furnaces between tune-ups?
One of the ways you can maintain an efficient furnace is to change the air filter on a regular basis. A dirty filter impedes the flow of air, placing strain on the furnace and forcing it to work harder to produce enough heat to warm the house. You should be changing your air filter regularly. Experts say it should be at least every three months especially if you have pets. A filter will not only improve the function of your furnace, but will also filter out toxins, allergens, and particles so that your family is able to breathe clean air.
The air flow from furnaces that vent to the outside of a home may be restricted by debris, animal nests, or other blockages. The best time to check for these issues is during the changing seasons. In case of furnace problems, homeowners can swiftly double-check their exterior furnace vents before contacting an expert.
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