Columbia Professional Furnace Tune-Up Services
Regular furnace tuning is just as critical as a car’s oil changes. Regular service visits by a professional are the best way to extend the life of your furnace, increase its efficiency, and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Whether your furnace makes odd noises or runs fine, getting it tuned up can help keep your family warm throughout the winter.
What does a furnace tune-up cover?
Regardless of whether a family utilizes the furnace for temperate convenience or depends on the heat from it during cold temperatures, abrupt breakdowns are a genuine agony. 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. These checkups can help in averting sudden malfunctions, recurring problems, and periodic replacements. Not only that, but they can help the furnace to be more energy-efficient, and thus give you a lower electric bill.
During a tune-up, a professional will:
- test the safety and limit switches
- recalibrate the thermostat
- check for system leaks and tears or gaps in the ductwork
- lubricate the mechanical parts
- clean the major components of the furnace
- test the heating elements
- pilot system and/or electrical components
Why is a tune-up necessary?
When all the parts inside the furnace are thoroughly cleaned this does more than help it to look good. A clean furnace runs far more efficiently than one that is dirty. Something as small as cleaning out the coils or even having the airflow filters replaced can make a significant change to your electric bill. You may soon see your electric bill start to become less from this.
Quality assurance of the pilot system is another important step in a furnace tuning up. When the fuel doesn’t burn completely, it can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide levels in your home, which can negatively affect your health. A certified professional can let you know if your furnace may emit dangerous gas.
Regular maintenance saves money on your energy bills each season, as well as saving money by decreasing the number of repairs needed over the life of the unit. Skimping on preventive maintenance can result in unnecessary repair bills. When parts are dirty or ineffective, it can result in the furnace working harder and therefore wearing out faster. Gradually, some parts may become too costly to repair, and so a replacement of the unit may be needed.
We tend not to think about our furnaces until they break down on a freezing winter day, which could be prevented by having them serviced before the weather gets cold in the fall. With proper checks and maintenance, furnaces can last between 15-20 years. Depending on how frequent you use it and other factors as well, there are even some that can give 30 to 40 years of use to the homeowner.
If your furnace is still under warranty, you may need to give it regular tune-ups to keep the warranty active. 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 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?
Furnaces rarely require maintenance by the homeowner between tune-ups. However, there are ways you can help your furnace last for a long time and work efficiently until the next tune-up.
One of the ways you can maintain an efficient furnace is to change the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter impedes airflow, making your furnace work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home. An air filter should be changed every three months especially if pets are in the home. Filters help to filter out toxins, allergens, and other particles so that there can be clean air in your home.
Some homeowners close off vents to control the flow of hot air, but that practice can cause damaging strain on a furnace. Vents that are closed can cause mold to start growing in the ducts. 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.
If your furnace vents to the outside of your home, make sure that there are no debris or other blockages blocking airflow from this area. During the times when the seasons are changing, it is the most convenient time to check for issues. Before calling in a repairman, it’s a good idea to check for these types of issues when your furnace is experiencing a malfunction.