Why Furnace Tune-Ups Matter
Schedule Maintenance Before the Weather Changes
It’s definitely time to schedule your annual furnace maintenance. Tuning up your heating system before the weather really changes can help you ensure that everything is in good shape and ready for the cold weather. It’s also time to make any necessary repairs, replacements or upgrades.
Yearly furnace tune-ups are important because:
- Your gas furnace may need to be recalibrated to ensure that it is operating safely and correctly
- The unit needs to be thoroughly cleaned and buildup needs to be removed to ensure efficient operation
- Parts need to be checked for signs of wear, tear and other damage so that replacements can be made before you experience a breakdown
- A system that is in disrepair will have a shorter lifespan and will cost you more money in both maintenance and repairs
Without annual inspections, your system is at greater risk of breakdowns and other failures. Annual furnace tune-ups are an important proactive step you can take to not only extend the life of your heating system but ensure its safe operation.
DIY Furnace Maintenance Tips
In addition to scheduling professional maintenance with our team, there is a lot you can do between maintenance appointments to keep your furnace operating smoothly and efficiently. With a combination of professional and DIY maintenance, you can get the most out of your heating system and avoid a mid-winter breakdown or other problems.
Important DIY heater maintenance includes:
- Change your air filters regularly (every three months or more frequently if you have pets, allergies, or asthma)
- Dust your heat registers and vents frequently to help reduce the amount of dust and dirt that gets pulled into your system or blown throughout your home
- Occasionally check your thermostat to ensure that it is operating correctly and assessing the temperature in your home correctly
- Pay attention to both the sounds your furnace makes and how long it takes to heat your home; if you notice any changes or anything strange, call for repair service
Bonus DIY HVAC tip: keep your outside AC unit covered during the winter, and be sure to remove any debris buildup. This will help protect the unit so that next year, your AC works when you need it to.
For more information on seasonal furnace maintenance, check out these past blog posts:
- Autumn HVAC Tips: Get Your Home Ready for Cooler Temperatures
- Furnace Maintenance: What Do Filter Arrows Indicate?
- Maintenance Considerations Before Leaving on Winter Vacation
Does Your Furnace Need to Be Replaced?
While maintenance will really help you extend the life of your existing furnace, there will come a day when you have to replace it with a new one. The last thing you want is to deal with an unexpected replacement. This can throw off your household budget and cause a lot of stress. Knowing the signs that indicate that your furnace is on its way out can help you prepare and plan for a future replacement.
Signs you may need a furnace replacement:
- Your existing furnace has chronic repair problems
- Repairs are unlikely to provide long-term solutions
- It is more cost-effective to replace than repair
- Your existing furnace is 15 years old or older
- You’re having efficiency issues that repairs cannot resolve
- You want to change the furnace you have
At Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Solar, we appreciate that installing a new furnace is a major investment. When you call us for advice, we always look to find the most cost-effective solution and will only recommend a replacement when absolutely necessary.
We also offer financing options, which can be incredibly helpful if you have been surprised by an unexpected furnace replacement. Depending on the type of furnace you select, rebates and tax credits may also be available - all of which help make installing a new heater more affordable.
Contact Valley to schedule your annual furnace tune-up today.
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