We’re deep into the heart of the autumn season, and before we reach the coldest parts of the winter, it’s very important to make sure that your home is ready to take on the cold. There are a number of very important maintenance tasks that need to be taken care before the harsh winter months are in full swing. One of the most important things that you can do to prepare your home is have a heating tune-up performed. When the winter weather reaches its lowest temperatures, you need to know that your heating system is totally reliable and ready to keep your home warm, comfortable, and safe.
At Streitz Heating and Cooling, our Northfield heating contractors can help you keep your heating system in the best condition at all times with our quality heating tune-ups. We recommend that you have a tune-up performed every fall to ensure that your home is warm and comfortable throughout the winter. Many homeowners, however, are unaware of how important heating tune-ups are.Here are some of the questions homeowners frequently have for us:
Do I Need a Tune-Up Every Year?
All furnace manufacturers recommend that you have annual inspection and maintenance performed in order to protect the machinery and prevent any serious damage from occurring. In most cases, furnaces and other heating units that haven’t had annual service won’t be covered under warranty if any problems do develop.
If you neglect to have a tune-up performed, it doesn’t necessarily meant that you’ll see any serious problems develop with your heating system immediately. However, over time, you’ll encounter worse problems with your heating system, it will have a much shorter life span. Plus, preventative maintenance for your Northfield home’s HVAC system is much cheaper and less of a hassle than repairs.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
Depending on who you hire, there will be some variation in the actual services that are performed. However, any qualified heating contractor will know which services your heating unit needs to have performed each year. During every heating tune-up, our Northfield heating contractors will provide these and other services:
- Cleaning and adjusting burner assembly
- Cleaning heat exchanger and elements
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Adjusting operating pressures
- Cleaning or replacing filters (this should be done more frequently than once a year!)
- Cleaning ignition assembly
- Monitoring the flue draft
- Measuring temperature changes
- Checking gas supply for leaks
Can A Homeowner Do This Job On Their Own?
While it is possible to do some of these tasks on your own, the homeowners we know who are capable of performing those tasks also happen to be heating contractors. Remember that this is preventative maintenance, so any money that you spend on having a tune-up performed is money you’ve saved on emergency repairs and heat unit replacements in the future.