Why Scheduling a Heating Tune-Up is Important?

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It’s that time of year again: Time to schedule heating repair and service from your local hvac family, Total Air! Is it really that important though? Couldn’t you get away with not scheduling it this year? You can’t neglect your heating system and expect it to stay in good, working condition. At Total Air, we use these inspections to get ahead of any bigger issues with the safety or operation of your heater. Our licensed technicians use their findings to recommend additional services and to help you plan and budget for future updates or upgrades. Your heating source and any air conditioner are like cars, each system is a mechanical system that requires consistent and regular maintenance. You change the oil in your car every few thousand miles because it helps keep your car running reliably and safely. Your heating unit must be cared for throughout its life for it to efficiently keep you comfortable. With all that stress put on your heating system, you can see why it’s a good idea to have your heating unit and air conditioner tuned-up at least once a year. 

 

5 Reasons You Need an Annual Furnace Tune-Up.

Safety: Having a trusted hvac professional take a close look at your hvac system every year gives you the chance to detect and fix any safety concerns early. Heat exchangers expand and contract during use and develop cracks over time and wear, these cracks can leak dangerous carbon monoxide fumes into your home. Regular maintenance is an important way to minimize this risk, and it’s always best to take these safety precautions.

Peace of Mind: The purpose of routine tune-ups is to stay ahead of any issues that could come up with your cooling and heating system. Your system must cope with the freezing temperature of the winter season, your system requires proper maintenance to run its best and will mean fewer system failures and longer life for your hvac equipment.

Reduce Emergency Breakdowns: Hvac maintenance can provide even bigger savings for homeowners. Often our technicians find small problems that can be fixed quickly and inexpensively during the tune-up process. If neglected, these same issues can be very costly. Should a system failure occur during the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter, customers with our VIP Club Membership receive priority service and special discounts on repairs and replacements.

Save Time: A heating or ac system always seems to break down when it is most inconvenient for you and your family. It will happen on the day of a very important meeting, or worse on Thanksgiving when all your family is in town. Save time by scheduling in advance when it is most convenient for you, and then plan to make any repairs you need. There is nothing worse than having to take off work to have a technician come by. Schedule early to avoid that headache. At Total Air we also try to keep the same technician to their customers. That way, you get to see and know the same service technician, and he becomes more familiar with you and your equipment. 

Energy Savings: Preventive maintenance programs typically more than pay for themselves through higher efficiency, less utility overpayment, and customer discounts. VIP Club Member customers receive a discount on all parts and services performed during the entire year.

At Total Air, this Heating Tune-Up includes the following:

  • Thermostat Checked, Adjusted
  • Inspect Evaporator Coil Cleanliness 
  • Flush Primary Drain
  • Check Condensate Trap & Drain Lines
  • Measure Temperature Differential
  • Check Blower Wheel Cleanliness
  • Check Electrical Components – Check Circuit Board, Blower Capacitor 
  • Measure Voltage and Amperage
  • Check Heat Exchanger
  • Check Burner Cross Over Ports
  • Monitor Inlet/Outlet Gas Pressure-Adjust if Needed
  • Unit Disconnect Inspected
  • Check Flue Pipe Clearance, Rise, and Condition 
  • Clean Flame Sensor
  • Check Gas Piping for Proper Sediment Trap and Condition 
  • Written Evaluation and Recommendations
  • Confirm Proper Sequence Operations for Heat
  • Check for Carbon Monoxide Levels
  • Check Condensate Trap & Drain Lines
  • Inspection Cleanliness, Sizing and Condition of Ductwork

Consider these factors when making the decision to repair or replace:

  • Age – A 10 to 15-year-old furnace is probably near the end of its life cycle and not worth repairing, especially if you have already poured money into several repairs over the past few years.
  • Investment cost – It costs more to replace than to repair but consider the long-term investment cost of keeping your old furnace running. Reach out to our knowledgeable Comfort Advisor at Total Air to help you calculate your return on investment.
  • Utility rates – By taking utility bills from past seasons and calculating future bills based on rising utility rates, you can determine how much it will cost to run your existing furnace this year. Compare that with the energy consumed by a new furnace at the same utility rates and see what savings you can expect from a furnace replacement. 

Your home or business’s heater not only requires annual inspection but should be treated to a tune-up each year, prior to the beginning of heater season. Depending on the age and condition of your heater, this annual service may include additional tasks to keep your living space safe and warm all winter. When you schedule your heating tune-up, we’ll provide you with a complete heater inspection, as well as a professional, thorough cleaning. We’ll adjust applicable controls and conduct a thorough safety check to ensure that your furnace functions safely and reliably all season long.

Our licensed technicians know how to treat our customers with the utmost respect and courtesy, and we are always available to ensure that you receive help when you need it.