Fall Furnace Tune-Up
Basic Maintenance Performed in the Fall Helps Prevent a Winter Breakdown
If you haven't already used your heating system to take the chill out of the air on a cool autumn morning, that day may soon be upon you. And even those homeowners who are content for now to throw on a sweatshirt and a pair of wool socks instead of firing up the furnace or boiler have to face the inevitable: winter is on its way. When it arrives, you don't want to be left out in the cold due to a malfunctioning heating system. Have your furnace checked out by a pro now to avoid a malfunction during the coldest months.
What a Furnace Tune-Up Involves
A furnace technician will perform a comprehensive check of your heating system to ensure that everything is working properly and will continue to do so throughout the winter. Below is a list of the basic system components that should be looked at during a tune up. Make sure, however, to speak with your technician and ask what work, specifically, will be performed.
- Fuel Connections: A faulty gas or oil connection can not only hamper system performance, but poses a major safety risk.
- Electrical Connections: Good electrical connections are necessary for sufficient heating system power. They also reduce the risk of fire and a system shutdown.
- Lubrication of Moving Parts: A furnace or boiler needs lubrication to prevent excessive friction and stress. Without proper lubrication, the system can wear out prematurely and require more costly repairs.
- Thermostat: Even if the moving parts of a heating system are working normally, a malfunctioning thermostat can cause the system to fail to turn on and off according to the preset temperatures.
- Filter and Ductwork: In addition to cleaning the inside of the furnace, a technician will evaluate the condition of your air filter and ductwork. Even if a filter doesn't need to be changed, it might benefit from cleaning. Ductwork should also be cleaned from time-to-time. Making sure the filter and ductwork are free of excess dirt, dust, and debris keeps your system from overworking and improves overall air quality inside the home.
Reasons for HVAC Maintenance
You absolutely should not delay having your furnace or boiler checked out before winter for reasons that include the following:
- You won't be left without heat in the dead of winter. Keep in mind that it takes time to order replacement parts and make repairs. In the meantime, you could be stranded in an ice cold home. Aside from being uncomfortable, this could cause pipes to burst, especially in more frigid regions.
- Periodic maintenance limits repairs, which can extend the life of your system and save you money. Failure to have routine maintenance performed might also void your manufacturer's warranty.
- A heating system that's in proper working order is going to run more efficiently, resulting in lower heating bills.
- Inspection of a furnace's or boiler's electrical and fuel connections, as well as its filtration system, helps to keep your family safe and healthy.
Fall Furnace Tune-Up Costs
Routine HVAC maintenance doesn't cost much, especially when compared to the cost of an emergency house call to a technician.
- You might be able to score a seasonal deal for $50 to $100. Otherwise, plan on spending $100 to $200 for a fall furnace tune-up.
- Furnace repairs typically cost $250 to $500.
- Installation of a new furnace costs $4,000 to $8,000.