A professional heating system tune-up goes a long way toward achieving peak home comfort, managing energy consumption, ensuring safe operation and extending the life of your heating system. However, just because you schedule a heating system tune-up every year doesn’t mean you get a pass. Homeowners must also perform several maintenance tasks, designed to boost the results of the professional services.
Here’s what your technician should be doing during a heating system tune-up:
- Checking the ductwork system for leaks, and sealing them as necessary
- Testing the airflow through the heating system and the ducts
- Calibrating the thermostat
- Cleaning the burners
- Checking the heat exchanger
- Verifying the safety of the venting system
- Checking the gas pressure (for gas-powered furnaces)
- Testing the unit for correct refrigerant charge, and looking for leaks (for heat pumps)
- Lubricating moving parts
- Checking system controls, ensuring that the cooling function is locked out during heating mode
- Inspecting the motor’s belts and bearings
- Checking the electrical terminals
With a comprehensive inspection and thorough cleaning of your heating system, you can rest assured that it’s ready to go once cooler weather hits, and that it can perform consistently over the winter season. One final perk? An extension of its life span. Without regular maintenance, the heating system’s components will wear out sooner, ultimately leading to a breakdown or system failure, a factor you can largely avoid with regular tune-ups.
Safety – Peace of Mind – is the most important benefit to having your system checked by a certified technician. One of the biggest differences between air conditioners and furnaces is what happens when they break. Your air conditioner stops cooling…but a gas furnace can keep on heating even if the heat exchanger is cracked or the flue system is allowing deadly carbon monoxide to enter your home.
Essential tasks for homeowners
You can’t rest on your laurels, however, knowing that you’ve had a heating system tune-up performed. You must also engage in these maintenance steps, which will help to keep your furnace or heat pump in peak condition over the season:
- Change the air filter when it appears dingy or dirty.
- Keep debris away from a heat pump’s outdoor unit, ensuring adequate airflow.
- Check that the supply vents and return grilles are unobstructed.
Give your heating system the best fighting chance possible to operate efficiently and last longer. With a heating system tune-up, you’ll also get the benefit of superior home comfort throughout the cold winter. For more information, or to schedule a tune-up, contact Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning today. We have been helping homeowners in the greater San Antonio area with quality HVAC services since the 1970s.
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