Fall Is Here—It’s Time For Your Annual Heating Tune-Up
Fall has officially arrived, bringing cooler weather, sweaters, and pumpkins. It’s also the perfect time to take care of some important home maintenance tasks. While the fall months are some of the most pleasant of the year, they lead directly into the winter, and it’s very important that your home is prepared to deal with the harsh weather of the winter months. One of the most important maintenance tasks you can take care of during this time is a heating tune-up.
When the winter weather reaches its lowest temperatures, you need to know that your heating system is totally reliable and ready to keep your home warm, comfortable, and safe.
At A Custom Heating and Air Air Conditioning, Inc. in Chicago, our heating contractors can provide high quality heating tune-ups each fall to help ensure that your home is always warm and comfortable throughout the winter months. Many homeowners, however, are unaware of how important heating tune-ups are.
Here are some of the questions homeowners frequently have for us:
Are Annual Tune-Ups and Inspections Really Necessary?
All furnace manufacturers recommend that you have annual inspections and maintenance performed to protect the machinery and prevent serious damage. Most of the time, your furnace won’t be covered under warranty if any damage occurs unless it’s been serviced annually.
If you neglect to have a tune-up performed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll see any serious problems develop with your heating system immediately. However, over time, you’ll encounter worse problems with your heating system, it will have a much shorter life span. Plus, preventative maintenance for your Chicago home’s HVAC system is much cheaper and less of a hassle than repairs.
Our heating tune-ups will keep your heating unit running efficiently, and they’ll prevent you from needing major repairs during the coldest parts of the year.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
The actual services that you’ll receive during a heating tune-up will differ depending on the contractor that you hire. Still, any qualified heating contractor will know what which services your heating system should receive annually. During our tune-ups, our professionals will provide these and other services:
- Clean ignition assembly
- Monitor flue draft
- Measure temperature changes
- Check gas supply for leaks
- Clean and adjust burner assembly
- Clean heat exchanger and elements
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Adjust operating pressures
- Clean or replace air filters**This should be performed much more often than once per year.
Can I Do This Job On My Own?
It’s definitely possible for a homeowner to complete a heating tune-up on their own. However, the homeowners that we know who could perform a tune-up adequately also happen to be heating contractors. If your heating contractor is doing half of the things mentioned above, they’re probably doing a job that you can’t do on your own.