The Importance of an Annual Furnace Tune-Up

November 8, 2018

One question you may be asking yourself is, “Do I really need to get my furnace tuned up?” Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a certified HVAC technician. But why is it so important and what does it include? Here is a list of reasons why a yearly tune-up is so beneficial for the safety of your home and the efficiency of your furnace:

Preventive Maintenance

A furnace tune-up not only includes cleaning that keeps your furnace running optimally, but it can also catch small problems before they turn into costly repairs down the road. Scheduling a furnace tune-up before cold weather hits means HVAC contractors are usually less busy and can offer you a more convenient appointment.

Ensure Safety

To provide heat, a furnace has to burn fuel. Even a small problem in this combustion process can lead to harmful carbon monoxide levels or a dangerous gas leak. Having a trained technician test and inspect your entire heating system each year will ensure it’s working safely and efficiently.

Proper Airflow

Restricted or limited airflow places an unnecessary strain on your furnace that can lead to a shortened lifespan and increased repairs. During a furnace tune-up, the certified HVAC technician will perform a static airflow test. This test will measures how hard the fan is working to move air throughout the home.

Improve Energy Efficiency

A furnace tune-up includes gas calibration and the cleaning and inspection of the furnace burner to ensure correct temperature output. In addition to ensuring safe operation, this will keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible all season.

Maintain Manufacturer’s Warranty

Some manufacturers require you to have regular maintenance on the furnace and to keep records of all work performed. Failure to do so could void your warranty.

What is Included in a Furnace Tune-Up?

  • Clean the blower
  • Inspect flue pipe and pressure switch operation
  • Clean flame sensor
  • Cycle condensate pump
  • Set furnace input
  • Verify limit operations
  • Clean burners
  • Tighten electrical connections
  • Clean exterior
  • Clean and adjust pilot assembly
  • Clean or change filter
  • Cycle the furnace
  • Measure amp draw to blower
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Measure and verify ignition protocols
  • Measure and adjust gas pressure
  • Clean burner compartment

Don’t take chances when it comes to the safety of you and your family. To schedule your annual furnace tune-up, call the experts at Reddi at 316-462-2572. If your heating system needs repair, remember we also offer 24/7 emergency service.