Even if you prefer cold weather, there is not much to love about high heating costs or a broken furnace on a chilly night. Keeping your furnace and its equipment running in tip-top shape can result in higher efficiency. In other words, furnace tune-ups can save you time and money—this winter and every year. With just an hour or two of preventive maintenance each fall, your furnace can last longer, while costing less to run. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides trustworthy furnace tune-up services in areas of Virginia such as Centreville, Arlington, Alexandria, and Reston. Give us a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to schedule an appointment for your heating system.
10 Main Steps of a Professional Furnace Tune-Up Service
- Lubricate Moving Parts – Reduce friction between moving parts in areas such as the motor, bearings, fans, and air circulators
- Check the Gas Pressure – Also, check the burner combustion to ensure they meet system specifications
- Clean Blower Assembly – Confirm proper airflow
- Clean the Heat Exchanger – Inspect for cracks, soot, or corrosion
- Inspect the Flues and Ventilation System – Ensure gas vents properly
- Tighten Electrical Wiring and Gas Connections – Do as needed
- Test For Dangerous Carbon Monoxide Leaks – Do as needed
- Check Motor and Belt for Wear or Malfunction – If applicable for wear and malfunction
- Measure Voltage on Motor – Replace oil filter and nozzle
- Test Thermostat for Accuracy – Test the system controls to ensure your furnace or heat pump cycles properly
Top 5 Benefits of Performing a Furnace Tune-Up
Lower Utility Bills
Hiring a licensed technician to performa furnace tune-up will help your system operate more efficiently through the winter months. Keeping every part of the furnace working at full capacity helps to increase efficiency during operation, which in turn lowers utility bill costs.
Extended Equipment Life
Hiring a professional to perform a furnace tune-up will help prolong the lifespan of your heating system. When you schedule a heating repair appointment with the team at Snell Heating & Air Conditioning, our team will lubricate all moving parts, inspect or clean condensate drains, and test the unit’s starting capabilities. Our goal is to prevent the deterioration of internal parts and components in your furnace.
During a seasonal furnace tune-up appointment, our technicians will perform an inspection of your heating system to detect any issues, big or small, before these could turn into a big problem with expensive repairs. The cleaning, lubrication, and assessment of your furnace will keep it running at peak performance, to ultimately reduce any breakdowns and minimize potential problems during operation.
Safety is our top priority, especially when your family and loved ones are involved. Every heating repair or maintenance session includes a review of possible problem areas and any signs of occurring issues with your furnace.
Once the furnace tune-up is complete, your system should be running at its top efficiency and performance. With all of the important parts lubricated, adjusted, and inspected, your furnace will have improved capacity. This will allow your furnace to have an easier time meeting your home’s heating needs.
How Often Should You Change Your HVAC Filter?
Changing your furnace filter regularly ensures the air in your home will remain clear of dust and other contaminants. If you don’t change your filter, it will become full and will not have the ability to trap new particles and pollutants. A full filter will not be able to prevent additional dirt and debris from circulating through your home, causing your family to breathe in more dust and allergens on a daily basis. Additionally, an unchanged, full furnace filter causes the motor on your furnace/HVAC system to work harder, and it will subsequently become less efficient.
It is a general recommendation that you should change your air filter in your home every 30 days when using less expensive fiberglass filters. Premium pleated filters can last as long as 6 months, but these typical guidelines assume standard usage and don’t take into account the size and type of filter.
As a general rule, you’ll want to replace pleated air filters and furnace filters in your home every 90 days. The longer the filter is in place, the more dirt, dust, and allergens are trapped clogging the filter and decreasing their efficiency. Find out below if perhaps you should be replacing your filter more often than you may think.
Booking Furnace Tune-Up Appointment
There are many benefits to booking an appointment for a furnace tune-up or heating repair. Reducing the risk of an emergency breakdown, longevity of furnace lifespan, lowering your monthly energy bills, ensuring the safety of your household, and all together peace of mind are some things to look forward to when keeping up with your heating repair inspections. To save yourself the headache and to stay warm all winter long, call Snell Heating & Air Conditioning by phone at (703) 543-9649 or book an appointment online.