Marshfield Professional Furnace Tune Up Services
Having your furnace serviced regularly is just as important as having your car’s oil changed on schedule. Without such periodic maintenance, your furnace will lose efficiency as parts get dirty and wear out, and it could even break down completely with little or no warning. If your furnace makes strange noises or runs fine, a tune-up will help keep your family safe and warm throughout the winter.
What does a furnace tune up cover?
Sudden malfunctions causes inconveniences for a family who uses the furnace to maintain moderate temperature or relies on the heat during winters. During a tune-up, a technician will be able to inspect the various components of your system and repair any damages to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. By regularly having your unit inspected, you can keep it from breaking down, experiencing problems, or needing to be replaced. In addition, they can ensure that your furnace runs more efficiently and save you money all winter long.
During a tune-up, a professional will:
- recalibrate the thermostat
- check for system leaks and tears or gaps in the ductwork
- clean the major components of the furnace
- lubricate the mechanical parts
- test the heating elements
- pilot system and/or electrical components
- test the safety and limit switches
Why is a tune-up necessary?
The reason for cleaning the inside of a furnace is more than just to make it look nice. Furnaces that are clean run more effectively than dirtier ones. Simply having the air flow filter replaced and the coils cleaned periodically will improve your furnace’s operating efficiency which in turn can reduce your energy bills.
One critical step in a furnace tune-up is having the pilot system tested. If the fuel is not burned completely, it can cause carbon monoxide build-up inside your home, which can have a negative effect on your health and well-being. A certified technician will let you know upon inspection if your furnace is at high risk of leaking such dangerous gas to your home.
Regular maintenance can save you money not just on your energy bills by making your system more efficient, but can also help avoid expensive repairs. After all, if you don’t take care of it, you’ll have to have it repaired more. The parts of furnace which may become dirty or inefficient can make it work harder and deteriorate faster. When it becomes too expensive to repair a worn out furnace, you’ll need to replace it, which is an expensive proposition.
While you may not give a thought to your furnace during the months that it is not in use you need to provide it with some attention to prevent emergencies during winter. When you maintain them properly, furnaces can give you 15-20 years of use. Depending on where you live, and how much use your furnace gets, it could last 30 to 40 years if you are consistent about having it tuned up periodically.
If your furnace is still covered by its warranty then you need to have it regularly tuned-up for the warranty to remain valid. Most companies undertake the process of repair or replace a unit under warranty, only if it has undergone all check-ups scheduled previously. 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?
In general, furnaces need very little maintenance by homeowners between tune-ups unless something gets damaged or needs repair. But there are some actions that you can take so that it can give you more years of efficient running.
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. Experts recommend swapping out your furnace’s air filter every three months or so, especially if you’re a pet owner. Filters help to filter out toxins, allergens and other particles so that there can be clean air in your home.
Even if closed air vents control the airflow and the temperature, they can put a lot of stress to the heating system and cause it to break down eventually. Closing vents can also create conditions that promote the growth of mold in the ductwork. Heating devices can break down faster if all the vents are closed, so closing the vents doesn’t pay off.
Finally, if your furnace vents are on the outside of your home, you’ll want to make sure that nothing is blocking or restricting air flow such as critters or other debris. It’s a good idea to have your furnace, including the vents, inspected prior to the beginning of the heating season. Before calling in a repairman, it’s a good idea to check for these types of issues when your furnace is experiencing malfunction.