How Important are Heating Tune-Ups?
Fall is officially here, and along with sweaters, pumpkins, and pleasant weather comes important home maintenance. Fall is a great time to get your home ready for everything it's going to need to endure during the harsh winter months, and one of the most important things you need to take care of is your heating system.
The winter months in Peachtree City and the surrounding areas can get extremely cold, and making sure that your heating unit is able to provide you and your family with comfort and warmth is a major priority.
The professionals at American Freedom Heating & Air recommend that you have your heating unit inspected and tuned up at least once every year, preferably in the fall. But many homeowners are unaware of how necessary heating tune-ups are, and they may neglect to have proper maintenance performed on their heating unit.
Here are some of the questions homeowners commonly have about heating maintenance and heating tune-ups:
Are Annual Inspection Really Necessary?
All furnace manufacturers recommend annual inspections and maintenance be performed by a qualified technicians. Also, furnaces that are not services annually will most likely not be covered under warranty if any damage occurs.
If you don't have tune-up and inspection of your Peachtree City home's heating unit, you won't definitely have major problems occur, but this type of preventative maintenance is much less expensive and less of a hassle than emergency repairs.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
Depending on the contractor you call—and how much you pay—you may get different services during an annual tune-up, but a qualified HVAC contractor will know which services your Peachtree City home's heating unit needs annually. During our tune-ups, we'll perform the following steps, and more:
- Clean and adjust burner assembly
- Clean heat exchanger and elements
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Adjust operating pressures
- Clean or replace air filters*
- Clean ignition assembly
- Monitor flue draft
- Measure temperature changes
- Check gas supply for leaks
*This should be performed much more often than once per year.
Could A Homeowner Do This On Their Own?
Of course it's possible that a homeowner could do this by themselves, but most of the homeowners who have the knowledge and experience to do it also happen to be heating contractors. If your heating contractor is doing half of the things mentioned above, it's probably a job that you can't do one your own. And because your heating is such an important part of your Peachtree City home when the winter months are in full swing, you need to know that you're getting quality work.
Remember: this is preventative maintenance. One of the biggest reasons heating tune-ups are important is that they'll allow your contractor to catch problems early, before your furnace quits working in the middle of the night.