Top Reasons Why Your Heating System Needs a Tuneup

Even the most advanced heating equipment needs a tuneup. That’s because your heating system, regardless of the type of fuel source you’re using, is and will always be described as a mechanical system. And you probably already know that a mechanical system needs to get tuned up from time to time in order to make sure it operates efficiently. The heating equipment is no exception to that.

Maintenance is done annually and there are those tasks that you can do on your own while there are also others that need to be performed by a qualified heating system technician. But if you feel like you don’t need a maintenance check simply because you haven’t encountered any problem with your system just yet, then here are some very convincing reasons that might change your mind.

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For furnaces, has several very good reasons to tell you, in the article “6 Reasons You Need an Annual Furnace Tune-up.”

Ensures proper airflow
During the furnace tune-up, the heating technician should check your heating system to ensure it is receiving the proper airflow. Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to increased repairs and a shortened lifespan.

Keeps you safe
Furnaces burn fuel to produce heat. This combustion process must be precise to maintain efficiency and safety. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking into your home or dangerous carbon monoxide levels. Don’t take a chance with the health and safety of you and your family.

Reduces repairs
Every winter, we receive calls from Atlanta-area residents with heating problems that could have been easily prevented with regular maintenance. A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running efficiently, but it also catches small problems before they turn into major repairs.

Saves Time
Getting a furnace tune-up now, before the weather is cold, is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman during the winter in a cold home without heat. It is also much cheaper.

Improves energy efficiency
A furnace tune-up should include the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner and heat exchanger. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running efficiently all winter.

Maintains manufacturer’s warranty
If your heater is under a manufacturer’s warranty, it is especially important for you to get an annual furnace tune-up. Most manufacturer’s stipulate that their warranty becomes void if the heater is not regularly maintained. A furnace tune-up can satisfy that requirement and maintain your warranty.

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A furnace tune-up is something you should have been doing from the very first year you purchased that new heating equipment. But don’t worry since you still can make it up by ensuring that you’re doing it starting today. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a complex or long process. The key to tune-ups is consistency.

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Next, the blog post called Time to “Tune Up Your Heating System” courtesy of Green Building Advisor talks about those maintenance tasks on your heating system that you can do without the help of a professional. See them below:

Check and adjust your thermostats. If you have programmable thermostats in your house, take advantage of their convenience and savings potential by properly setting them. Most provide multiple time-periods during weekdays, with potential for separate settings on weekends. For more on programmable thermostats, see my prior column, “Using Thermostats.”

Replace air filters. If you have a forced-air distribution system with a furnace or heat pump, replace the primary air filter at the start of the heating season and then every month or two throughout the heating season, depending on how dirty it gets. Replacement filters cost a few dollars apiece and help your system operate efficiently.

Inspect and clean air registers or baseboard radiators. Efficient heating depends on warm air rising into your rooms from hot-air registers or baseboard radiators (convectors). Make sure these aren’t blocked by carpets or furniture, and vacuum them at the start of the heating season to improve heat transfer.

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Learning how to control your thermostat at home, replacing the dirty air filters, and cleaning the registers and radiators are quite easy to learn even if you haven’t tried doing a single one of them before. It really isn’t something that you cannot learn in one or two tries.

Lastly, take time to watch this video about the basics of heating system troubleshooting.