Do you want to keep your furnace operating efficiently and save money on your energy bills? Of course you do. Who wouldn’t? Even so, many homeowners neglect to schedule annual furnace maintenance. Neighborly tip: A yearly furnace tune-up will pay off handsomely in the long run!
A seasonal furnace tune-up will identify small problems before they become larger, more costly issues. Annual service will also help guarantee that your system continues to function at peak efficiency, saving you money on your monthly energy bills.
Just like your other major appliances, your heating system requires proper care to run smoothly. Seasonal maintenance helps protect you against the headache of an unexpected breakdown, repair, or even having to replace your entire unit prematurely. Here’s everything you should know about a seasonal furnace tune-up.
So, what is a furnace tune-up, anyway?
A furnace tune-up is a scheduled maintenance visit for your heating system. The friendly, trained professionals here at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling perform this comprehensive annual inspection and any repairs needed.
When should I schedule furnace maintenance?
It’s best to schedule your annual furnace tune-up at or before the beginning of each heating season. In Northeast Ohio, that means now. While you can schedule furnace maintenance anytime, it’s ideal to ensure that your system works well before the weather gets too cold for comfort.
Is a furnace tune-up worth it?
Yep! You betcha! Absolutely! Of course! Like, how many different ways can we say YES? Do you like saving money? Spending a little on a tune-up will save you a ton on future repairs.
Because your furnace resides in your basement or in a closet, it’s easily forgotten. Unfortunately, a neglected HVAC system is likely to operate less effectively, break down more often, and reach the end of its working life much sooner.
Your furnace, like your car, is a complicated machine that gets a ton of use. It’s packed with essential moving components that wear out over time. Your system doesn’t work at peak efficiency when ignored and neglected, just like your vehicle doesn’t run at its best when you don’t have the oil changed regularly.
What are a furnace tune-up’s benefits?
Prevention. When your furnace is tuned up, problems due to wear and tear are addressed. Your technician also inspects your system for other potential issues that may cause a breakdown. They’re dealt with promptly to prevent a failure that could include more significant damage – and a bigger hit to your pocketbook!
Peace of mind. You’ll be left shivering if your system breaks down in the winter. What’s the cost to your family’s morale and your sanity? Furnace repairs can be spendy, especially those that come as a surprise. A furnace tune-up can help you avoid these expenses and let you rest easy, knowing you’ve done all you can to prevent a problem.
Reduced utility bills. Tune-ups maximize the energy efficiency and performance of your system. As a result, your family will experience greater comfort with less energy use, lowering your monthly energy costs. Even better, the cost of your tune-up is often recovered within a couple of months of energy savings.
Longer working life. A well-maintained HVAC system will last a long time, and you know that a new system is an investment. Neglecting your furnace, which results in a shorter lifespan, will cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in premature replacement costs.
Meet warranty requirements. When you purchase an HVAC system, and it’s still under warranty, the manufacturer may deny a repair claim if you can’t prove that you’ve maintained it regularly. A furnace’s operation depends on regular maintenance, which is why most manufacturers include a warranty condition prohibiting anyone but the professionals from servicing their products. If your equipment has a failure while under warranty, neglecting seasonal tune-ups could mean the repair cost comes out of your pocket and not the manufacturer’s.
Improved indoor air quality. A tune-up also helps reduce the amount of dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens in your home’s air. Keeping your furnace well-maintained and regularly replacing the air filter eliminates far more of these harmful particles from the air your family breathes.
Our comprehensive furnace tune-ups
As part of your tune-up process, our licensed, professional HVAC technician will replace your air filter, identify parts that are about to fail, and check every electrical and electronic component in your heating system. We’ll identify code violations and safety issues, clean and tighten dirty and loose connections, and optimize your system’s controls to increase its efficiency. Using diagnostic devices, we’ll measure the output of your unit, test for the presence of potentially deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas escaping from your equipment into your home, and ensure that your system has unobstructed ventilation. Finally, we’ll talk to you about any problems and provide a quote for any repairs.
How long does a furnace tune-up take?
You can expect the tune-up inspection process to take roughly an hour, depending on the setup of your system. If an issue of significance is discovered, additional time will be required for repair.
Properly maintain your heating system
Avoid expensive repairs and protect your HVAC investment by having your system regularly maintained with Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling’s Preventative Maintenance Program. Scheduling annual furnace tune-ups will ensure that your heating system keeps your home comfortable all winter long.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about furnace tune-up services
Q: What can I do between service appointments to help keep my HVAC system running its best?
A: Mostly, keep it clean! First, change your filter per the manufacturer’s recommendations – at least once every month or so. Second, ensure the area around your furnace is clear of obstructions and debris. Finally, remove any airflow-blocking obstacles, such as furniture or rugs, from your vents and registers. Bonus tip: Set your thermostat to comfortably warm when you’re home and a bit cooler when you’re away.
Q: What HVAC brands do you service?
A: All of them! Yes, all of them! We’ve been helping Northeast Ohio homeowners for a long time, and we’ve seen just about every brand and model of furnace. Also, our neighborly technicians have all undergone thorough training, background checks, and drug testing, so you can be confident they’ll deliver the professional and reliable service you expect from us. That’s how neighbors should treat neighbors!