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Furnace Tune-Ups: What Every Homeowner Should Expect

A properly functioning furnace keeps your home warm and comfortable during the colder months, so you should maintain your furnace to ensure it works well. Experts recommend that you check your furnace annually to extend the life of the heating appliance, prevent costly damages, and reduce safety risks.

Read on to understand how to get the most from your heating equipment, which starts with proper maintenance. Here's what you need to know about furnace tune-ups.

Benefits of a Furnace Tune-Up

Regular inspection of your furnace offers several benefits, including helping you to retain your warranty, improve energy efficiency, ensure indoor air quality, and reduce the risk of emergency repairs.

Retain Your Warranty

Most manufacturers expect furnace owners to inspect and maintain equipment regularly to keep their warranty valid. Make the most of your warranty and avoid costly out-of-pocket expenses by having regular furnace tune-ups.

Ensure Indoor Air Quality

Leaks and blockages in the heating system can lead to an accumulation of carbon monoxide, which is a serious health hazard. Each year, over 15,000 people are rushed to emergency rooms due to carbon monoxide exposure. Regular furnace tune-ups can help to detect leaks and blockages to prevent such hazards.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Clogged filters, blocked air grilles and ductwork, a dirty blower, leaks, and a poorly calibrated thermostat can cause overheating and increase energy bills. With regular checkups, your contractor can identify and eliminate leaks and obstructions to improve the system's efficiency, resulting in lower heating costs.

Mitigate Emergency Repairs

Emergency furnace repairs can be costly. Expect to pay over $60 on average in out-of-pocket repair costs depending on the extent of the damage.  Have a professional contractor inspect your furnace to identify problems before your system succumbs to extensive damage.

Steps Performed During a Furnace Tune-Up

The furnace-tune up process will vary slightly from company to company. In general, expect your HVAC contractor to perform these tasks:

Checking for Blocks and Leaks

The professionals will examine the vents to helps identify leaks and to ensure proper airflow throughout the heating system. The contractor will also check the flue and air grilles for possible blockages.

Inspecting Blower Compartment

Cleaning the blower area can improve the system's efficiency and minimize energy costs. This step also involves testing the blower motor and lubricating it for added efficiency.

Checking Electrical Connections

This task involves examining and tightening wires to mitigate extensive electrical malfunctions.

Burner Maintenance

The contractor will clean the burner, test the flame sensor, and check that the burner is igniting properly. Burner maintenance also involves inspecting the heat exchanger and gas pressure.

Filter Maintenance

You or your contractor should clean and replace any dirty filters to helps improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency.

Testing Safety Controls

This task entails inspecting the high limit control to minimize the risk of overheating and fire.

Checking Startup Cycle

Your contractor should check the startup cycle, which involves testing the igniter to ensure proper functioning.

Adjusting Thermostat Settings

The contractor will adjust the thermostat settings to optimum levels, which can prevent overheating, make your home more comfortable, and minimize energy bills.

Cost of a Furnace-Tune Up

Several variables affect the cost of furnace maintenance. Customers with a valid warranty or a service plan may receive a free tune-up. Nevertheless, ask your contractor about any service and labor fee you may need to pay.

If your heating equipment is no longer under warranty, most HVAC companies charge a flat rate, and the cost will vary depending on the area's market prices and overhead costs. In addition to inspection, a tune-up may require purchase and replacement of parts of the heating system.

The furnace is one of the most complex appliances in your home, so you should leave tune-ups to professional HVAC contractors to avoid potentially costly damages to the system. At Capitol Service Company Inc., we offer reliable furnace maintenance services. Call us today to schedule a checkup for your home's heating system.