4 Things To Expect During a Heater Tune-Up

Your heating system can often get overlooked when it’s time to start thinking about routine maintenance around the home. It’s an integral part of conserving the comfort and safety of your home, but it commonly only receives attention when it breaks down or needs repairs.

Annual heater maintenance ensures it’s up to standards, providing you peace of mind knowing that it’s ready to take on the harsh temperatures of winter. It’s actually best practice to schedule a tune-up on your HVAC system twice a year, once before summer and once before winter.

Annual heater maintenance

The Importance of Keeping Up With Regular HVAC Maintenance

With life being as busy as it is, it’s easy to put routine appointments off to the side, like your heater tune-up. In doing so, you run the risk of a breakdown, typically during one of the coldest days of winter.

Many might see it as an extra home expense, but in reality, this routine visit from your trusted tech ensures that you are giving your heating system a long and efficient lifespan.

If you’re in need of a heating system tune-up and not sure what to expect, here are four major things we can ensure will occur during your annual tune-up:

1. Performing a Detailed Inspection

From your thermostat to your heating exchange, an essential part of your heater or furnace tune-up is the detailed examination we do of all its parts. Your tech will inspect your wiring, airflow, thermostat, and combustion systems. Some of the many things they’ll look for include:

  • Leaks or damage in your air ducts
  • The efficiency of your pilot light or gas-powered unit
  • Loose parts or poor wire connections
  • Moisture or rust in the housing and ducts
  • Measure and adjust gas pressure for gas furnaces

Spotting many of these issues early can help prevent further damage from occurring down the road.

2. Performing a Deep Clean

Not only will your system get an inspection from top to bottom, but it will also get a yearly cleaning. Your filters will be examined and replaced for better air quality. Your blower will be cleaned, the wheels lubricated, and, if needed, parts of your gas valve or pilot tubes will be cleaned for top efficiency.

3. Identifying and Alerting You of Any Issues

The main reason to keep up with your inspections is so certain issues, like a leak or wire problem, don’t lead to expensive repairs associated with a breakdown.

A professional can spot minor things that you might not notice until it’s too late. Not to mention, if your system is under warranty, an inspection will help ensure that you abide by it. Many warranties only apply to furnaces that receive regular maintenance visits.

4. Testing to Ensure Full Functionality

The technician will test all working components of your heating system to ensure full functionality. From thermostat calibration to testing the safety controls of your heating system, a heater tune-up will have your furnace working like new again while you’re feeling reassured and ready to take on the harsh cold temperatures.

Benefits of a Heater Tune-Up

Now that we know what a heater tune-up entails, here are some key advantages of receiving one:

Improved Energy Efficiency

A well-maintained heating system operates more efficiently, which can result in lower energy bills. During a tune-up, the technician cleans and optimizes various components, ensuring that the system doesn’t have to work harder than necessary to heat your home.

Lower Repair Costs

By catching and addressing minor issues early on, a heater tune-up helps prevent more significant and costly repairs later. Investing in regular maintenance can save you money in the long run by avoiding emergency repair expenses.

Enhanced Indoor Air Quality

Clean and well-maintained heating systems contribute to better indoor air quality. Changing or cleaning filters and ensuring proper combustion in gas furnaces can reduce the presence of airborne particles and allergens.

Warranty Compliance

Many manufacturers require regular maintenance to keep the warranty valid. Skipping routine tune-ups may result in voided warranties, leaving you responsible for any future repair or replacement costs.

Keep your home’s heating and air systems operating at their best by calling and booking a tune-up from the experts at Scott Hale Plumbing, Heating & Air! Consider signing up for our Service Partner Plan so you never have to miss a tune-up again.

Additionally, we offer flexible financing options to help you get the services you need without breaking the bank. With our financing plans, you can receive the repairs, replacements, or installations you need to keep your home and HVAC system running smoothly and comfortably.