You should have your heating system checked and cleaned by a professional at least once a year, preferably before the heating season. A furnace tune up will help your system run more efficiently, lend to fewer breakdowns, and will also help you get the most mileage out of your system.
Here at Compass Heating and Air we believe that the more you know about your heating and air conditioning systems, the better able we can serve you. I’ve been cleaning and inspecting furnaces for over 15 years, and have seen what can happen when they aren’t properly cared for. That is why I have put together this brief homeowner’s guide describing what is involved in your annual furnace tune up.
A furnace tune up is an important part of extending the life of your furnace and ensuring your home’s comfort during our cold Illinois winter months.
A comprehensive tune up of your heating system should be a regular part of your HVAC system’s maintenance. And in the case of a furnace using combustible power sources such as gas or oil, it is an important part of making sure that your furnace is operating safely and that the system components are clean and in proper working order.
So let’s take a few minutes to look at the benefits and what is included in a furnace tune up.
The benefits of an annual furnace tune up or a “check-and-clean” are numerous. A good servicing can help make sure that you avoid mid-winter surprises of no heat on frigid days, but it will also make sure that your furnace is running in tip top shape saving you money on energy bills.
As I mentioned above, a home furnace tune up can indeed save you money. When your furnace is running efficiently, you use less energy to achieve the desired level of comfort. That means that your utility bills should be lower and of course your systems performance will be running at peak performance and efficiency.
A complete system tune-up performed by a trained technician can address problems that are larger problems in the making.
Weak airflow is a problem that homeowners all too often decide to “live with”. But that doesn’t need to be the case. Weak airflow can be a problem with a remedy. Sometimes a stuck damper adjustment or a fixable problem with your home’s ductwork can provide an easy solution to your weak airflow concerns.
An end of season servicing by a trained technician is especially helpful in identifying problems while the homeowner’s concerns are still fresh in their minds.
If you are experiencing frequent breakdowns and need an hvac technician to come to your home on a repair call, it might be because your furnace has not had regular preventive maintenance.
Regularly scheduled preventive maintenance is designed to head off expensive emergency service calls by troubleshooting the need for furnace repairs before they happen.
Clogged ductwork, stuck dampers and dirty filters can all lead to higher energy bills. What’s more, these seemingly small maintenance items add to the wear and tear on your furnace, making it run harder to achieve the desired temperature.
All of these common problems can be easily remedied with an annual service call, ideally scheduled just after the heating season.
An often overlooked result of not having your furnace regularly serviced is the effect it has on indoor air quality.
Regular changing of your HVAC systems filters and air filters as well the removal of any built up soot due to the by-products of combustion used in the process to produce heat will improve air quality and enhance comfort levels
A furnace tune should be part of your regular maintenance schedule. Not only will it head off problems but it will make sure that your manufacturer’s warranty is honored.
A complete furnace tune up covers the following tasks. Here is your tune up checklist.
Your technician will give you a system health report and a completed furnace tune up checklist.
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DIY maintenance is always available to those who wish to do it. Here is a list of some things that you can do yourself.
If you treat your heating system right with regular maintenance you will not only increase its lifespan but also preserve its manufacturer’s warranty.
Regular preventive maintenance and inspection of system component parts improves system performance and comfort not to mention safety.
Your professional Gas Furnace Tune Up checklist:
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to your furnace:
Ignition failure is one of the most common furnace problems sometimes leading to unwanted gas leaks. Another common wear and tear problem occurs when a dirty burner fails to clean burn fuel allowing carbon monoxide to escape. A properly installed and running CO detector is critical.
There are some DIY maintenance tasks that most homeowners can perform. We have outlined them above. We recommend having a professional clean your system at least once a year.
A furnace tune up requires a full system inspection. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the need for repair work. Your technician should ask you about your systems heating performance and any issues with your home comfort. Your honest input will help speed up the process and ensure your comfort. Furnace check-and-cleans in Elgin, IL
Call Compass Heating and Air at (630) 504-8688, for furnace check-and-cleans in Elgin, IL