At this time of year, many homeowners get out their fall maintenance checklists and get their homes ready for cooler weather. A furnace system tune-up should be at the top of the list.
Regular maintenance keeps your furnace in peak condition so you stay warm throughout the winter season, and it extends the life of your system and saves on energy costs.
A comprehensive tune-up of your system requires the expertise of an HVAC professional. Make an appointment early in the season to ensure your furnace is ready to go when the first cold snap hits.
What your HVAC professional will do during a tune-up:
- Tighten electrical connections to ensure your system operates safely and efficiently.
- Lubricate moving parts to reduce friction, which can cause your system to use more fuel.
- Measure the current and voltage on the motor to ensure safe operation and to extend its life span.
- Check the system controls to make sure your furnace starts, runs and shuts off properly.
- Test the gas pressure and burner combustion to ensure safe operation.
- Check the thermostat for accuracy to keep your home warm and your energy bill low.
- Inspect the flue, vent and caps for optimum airflow.
- Check gas connections to eliminate fire and health hazards.
- Perform a carbon monoxide test to check for leaks.
- Check the blower assembly for efficiency.
- Clean clogged and dirty components and check for damage and wear.
Homeowners can also participate in maintenance by:
- Stocking up on furnace filters. Then, replace your filter every month to ensure proper airflow and keep your system running efficiently.
- Keep the area around your furnace clean and accessible.
- Check your ducts for damage and tight connections. Seal loose joints with metal tape or mastic sealant.
- Turn your thermostat down at night and while you’re away from home to save on your heating bill.
- Reverse your ceiling fans to push warm air down and keep the air in your home circulating for optimum comfort.
For more expert advice about preparing your heating system for winter or to schedule a service appointment, please feel free to contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Serving homeowners in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts with pride, we’re always happy to help.