Furnace tune-ups are recommended to occur once a year, ideally at the end of summer or early fall to ensure it is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable in the winter. Especially if it is an older furnace, many homeowners do not do it. By a certified HVAC technician, furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance. Today, we at NY NJ AC Connection would like to take the opportunity to discuss the importance of furnace tune-ups.
Why is a Furnace Tune Up Important?
Safety and Peace of Mind. A furnace has to burn fuel to provide heat. Harmful carbon monoxide levels or a dangerous gas leak develops, even with a small problem in this combustion process. To ensure it’s safe to operate, having a trained technician test and inspect your entire heating system each year.
Preventive Heating Maintenance. Furnaces have lots of parts that can wear out over time, much like your vehicle. Many components can degrade when they are under stress. To ensure all of the important components are functioning correctly, and safely, a furnace tune-up allows a professional to examine the inner workings of a furnace. When it’s really cold outside, and when HVAC technicians are in high demand, fixing any issue in the fall or early winter means you’re less likely to have a breakdown. Older furnaces tend to have more problems, just like a car as well. The more inevitable a problem becomes, by the older they get. For safety reason, most technicians will strongly urge you to have an older furnace serviced.
Clean Indoor Air. Some basic cleaning and a new air filter is included in most furnace tune-ups. Improving air quality throughout your home, cleaning process can help remove some of the dust and debris in the system. Duct cleaning may also be involved in tune-ups, and this removes even more dust and dirt from your home.
Effective Airflow. A shortened lifespan and/or increased repairs can be restricted, or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace. The HVAC technician will perform a static airflow test during a furnace tune-up. Working to move air throughout the home, this test will measure how hard the fan.
Improve Energy Efficiency. In order to ensure correct temperature output, a furnace tune-up includes gas calibration and the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner. This will keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible all season in addition to ensuring safe operation.
Preserve Furnace Manufacturer’s Warranty. Regular maintenance on the furnace and to keep records of all work performed is often required by HVAC manufacturers to maintain the warranty. Failure to do so could void your warranty.
What is Included in a Furnace Tune Up?
General furnace tune-up tasks include the following:
– Safety controls & testing system
– Cleaning burners, coils, and components
– Required parts are cleaning & lubricating
– Electrical components & adjusted/repaired
– Combustion analysis
– Adjust air/fuel rations
– Clean & test flame sensors
– Eliminate soot from burners
– Heat exchanger inspection
– Condenser fan motor capacitor testing
– Check service valves for leaks
– Replace air filter (standard 1” typically included)
– Testing for proper voltage
– Tighten/align belts and pulleys
– And more