Last Sunday marked the first official day of fall. And although temperatures are still relatively warm in the Glen Carbon area, we all know how quickly winter can sneak up on us. One of the best ways you can get your home ready for winter weather is to schedule a furnace tune-up. Today we’re going to talk about why a furnace tune-up is so important and go over some of the important tasks that are included in a tune-up from Tiger Services!
Why is an annual furnace tune-up necessary?
In order to keep a car running smoothly, you have to take it in for an oil change and check-up every 3,000 miles. Your furnace requires is similar because it also requires maintenance every year. Before every heating season, it’s important to get a furnace tune-up from Tiger Services in order to ensure that your system is running efficiently and safely.
Furnace tune-ups are often referred to as “preventive maintenance.” That’s because taking care of problems now during a tune-up will greatly reduce the risk of running into issues later on in the heating season. In addition, a furnace tune-up will bring your system up to its peak operating efficiency, which will reduce your utility bills and extend the life of your unit.
What does a Tiger technician do during a furnace tune-up?
There are many steps involved in a full-system furnace tune-up from Tiger Services. Some of the most important of them include:
- Inspecting furnace for performance problems. During a tune-up, your technician will run your furnace through the entire heating cycle and check for any performance problems. This helps identify whether or not your system requires any repairs.
- Test airflow. Proper airflow is crucial to heating your home properly. That’s why we check your blower, ductwork and other components to ensure your system’s airflow is up to par.
- Cleaning system components. Dirt buildup is one of the leading causes of furnace breakdowns. During your tune-up, we’ll clean all of the essential parts of your furnace in order to avoid future problems.
- Tighten connections and lubricate moving parts. Your furnace worked hard last heating season, during which some electrical connections might have loosened up. That’s why we tighten up those connections during your tune-up in addition to lubricating moving parts so that your system runs smoothly.
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced as a byproduct of the heating process. When your system is running correctly, that carbon monoxide is exhausted out of your home. However, heat exchanger cracks and problems with your chimney or flue can allow CO gas to build up in your home. This can be extremely dangerous, which is why checking for carbon monoxide leaks is one of the most important parts of a furnace tune-up.
If you have any questions about a furnace tune-up, or if you’d like an HVAC system serviced or installed in your home, contact Tiger Services, your Glen Carbon plumbing, heating and air conditioning company.