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Heating System Tune-Up: What You Need to Know

Heating System Tune-Up: What You Need to Know

The middle of winter is the worst time for your home’s heating system to break down, so smart homeowners avoid the inconvenience of waiting in a freezing house for the repairman to show by scheduling a heating service tune-up before the temperature drops.

A tune-up of your heating system before cold weather sets in doesn’t only save money on energy bills, it also keeps the system working efficiently and your home warm all winter long.

Benefits of a Heating System Tune-Up

A heating tune-up during fall reduces winter energy bills, lowers the risk of expensive, inconvenient breakdown repairs and gives homeowners peace of mind. A heating equipment service can lower your utility bills up to 10 percent. What’s more, a heating service specialist can balance a heating system so that all areas of the home are comfortably warm. Another benefit of maintenance for a heating system before cold weather sets in is that homeowners can schedule their service for when it’s most convenient and avoid an emergency appointment.

Environmental Benefits

Regular maintenance of a heating system increases its longevity, reduces repairs over its lifetime and minimizes environmental pollutants. A heating tune-up every fall helps the system last longer. Gas furnaces should be checked every year. By scheduling regular services, homeowners cut the amount of smoke, carbon dioxide and other air pollutants that escape into the atmosphere.

When to Schedule a Heating Tune-Up

A heating system doesn’t have to be on its last leg before it’s time to schedule a maintenance visit. The best time to book a heating service is before the system is showing problems. Many homeowners choose to schedule a fall maintenance visit so that their heating system is working efficiently when they most need it.

Banging, popping, squealing, rattling or other strange noises from a furnace likely mean it requires a service and perhaps a repair. If the flame burns yellow and not blue, this may also be a sign that a maintenance visit is overdue.

Heater Maintenance

Although homeowners can help maintain their heating systems by performing some simple tasks, only a trained professional contractor can give the system a thorough tune-up. ENERGY STAR recommends a few tasks for homeowners like checking that the thermostat turns off and on at the correct temperatures, inspecting the flue for disconnections or signs of rust and checking that the condensate drain isn’t blocked. The EPA also suggests that homeowners ask a contractor to show them how to change their system’s air filter.

However, a full maintenance service and tune-up involve many more steps than the layperson can perform. A heating tune-up includes 18 or more tasks, such as cleaning and checking burners, heat exchanger and flame sensors, checking the flue, gas valve, ignition and igniter assemblies and checking the gas pressure at the inlet and outlet. What’s more, a heating technician can perform safety checks like a carbon monoxide test, gas leak checks and a visual inspection of the flue, furnace and duct for clearance from combustible materials.

Heating System Upgrades

A heating tune-up can reveal if a system is due for an upgrade. The lifetime of a furnace is around 15 years. Scheduling a tune-up for your home’s heating system only takes a few minutes but can help provide a whole winter free of worry that your home might turn into an icebox with no warning.

Contact an HVAC company, to maximize the efficiency of your system and save you money on energy bills and repairs. After a maintenance visit, you can rest assured that your heating system is safe, cost-effective and reliable.

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