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What’s a furnace tune-up?

While you already know the importance of calling for heating repair when your system fails to function properly, you may not realize that regular HVAC maintenance is just as important in the long-term performance of your heating and cooling system. Heater tune-ups are a powerful preventive tool that offer amazing returns on your investment; if you’re wondering whether you need a heater tune-up this year, keep reading to find out why the answer is yes.

Especially if your furnace or heat pump has been performing well over the past few years, you may wonder whether it’s really necessary to schedule a heating tune-up before winter. Heating systems incur normal wear and tear as they function throughout the season. While this wear and tear may not cause a breakdown, it will cause a decrease in heater efficiency over time, which leads to higher-than-necessary heating bills. The only way to ensure your utility bills remain consistently as low as possible is to schedule a furnace tune-up each year to check and clean your system. This reverses the effects of wear and tear, also correcting any efficiency losses associated with yearly use to restore your heating system to like-new condition and top-level performance.

Homeowners may also wonder whether it’s necessary to tune up their new or old heating system. New heating systems can benefit greatly from regular heater tune-ups, as this preventive measure is the very best way to ensure your new appliance lasts as long as expected. Heating systems are typically predicted to last 15-20 years, but these predictions include the assumption that regular yearly maintenance will be performed on the system. When this requirement is not met, the system will be much more likely to fail after a period less than the expected lifetime. Conversely, homeowners with older heating systems in place may think it’s not worth the cost to maintain an older appliance.

Keeping your older heating system in good shape is also the best way to prolong its lifetime and ensure you’re getting the greatest efficiency possible from it each year. Without heater tune-ups, your older HVAC system will be much more likely to lose efficiency quickly and runs a higher risk of failure, particularly during high-use periods when the weather is coldest. Thus, heater tune-ups protect the remaining lifespan of your heating system so you won’t have to worry about high heating costs, pending breakdowns, or heating system replacement in the near-future.

Regular tune-ups protect your car from wear and tear and keep it running its best. The same can be said of your furnace. But what does a furnace tune-up entail?    

A complete ARS®/Rescue Rooter® heating system tune-up includes:
  • Blower compartment cleaning. Your HVAC system continually draws in airborne dirt and dust. A dirty blower wheel works less efficiently and can contribute to higher energy costs.
  • Wiring inspection and adjustment. Tightening wires and checking connections may help prevent malfunctions and the need for costly repairs.
  • Burner adjustment. Cleaning and adjusting the furnace’s burners will maximize furnace efficiency.
  • Inspection of the heat exchanger, gas pressure and flame operation.
  • Indoor filter cleaning or replacement. The cleanliness of your air filter affects both the energy efficiency of your furnace and your indoor air quality. Regular cleaning or replacement is essential to keep your furnace running smoothly.
  • Igniter or pilot light inspection to ensure their proper functioning.
  • Checking duct connections and air flow. We ensure peak performance by making sure the air is flowing properly through your system and throughout the house.
  • Additional safety and efficiency checks. The more efficient your furnace, the less energy you'll waste and the more money you’ll save on utility bills!
  • Advice from a pro. Our comfort advisors will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding your system—from its overall health to ways it can be improved. If you’re considering adding a humidifier or dehumidifier, air cleaning equipment, carbon monoxide detectors or total HVAC system upgrade, our experience is at your service. 

A well maintained furnace can last 15 to 20 years, so it’s worth the time to protect your investment. Contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 to learn more about our HVAC maintenance and repair services or to schedule an appointment. Ask about our duct cleaning, too!
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