Getting a heater tune-up is fast, easy, and inexpensive. This service also provides benefits that will last all winter and for the years to come. If you haven’t already been doing preventative maintenance on your HVAC system, you can start doing so this fall with no problem.
We’ll go over what a heater tune-up is and why it’s worth the small investment after Labor Day. It’s best to do it before you start your furnace for the fall. But, you can also have it serviced once it’s running for the seasaon.
For homeowners, it’s a great way to save on repair costs later and not worry about a breakdown later. And, furnace maintenance for landlords helps keep rental properties profitable.
If you have any questions along the way, or if you’re ready to set an appointment for your home in Eagle, ID, call or email Snowflake Air today. We’ll help make sure your system is prepared for the cold weather ahead!
What is a Heater Tune-Up?
A heater tune-up is when you have a certified HVAC technician come out to inspect your furnace. They’ll make sure it’s optimized and ready for the winter when it’s working hard to keep your home warm all winter.
A tune-up only takes about an hour and costs less than $100. If you sign up for a maintenance program, it costs even less.
What Do I Get With HVAC Service in the Fall?
Like many other HVAC companies, Snowflake air techs look over more than a hundred checkpoints when doing preventive maintenance. To sum it up, we:
- Clean Out Dust and Dirt
- Check All Electronic Components
- Lubricate All Moving Parts
- Replace Worn-Out or Broken Components
- Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks
- Ensure the System Runs Optimally
We’ll touch on these along the way as we talk about the benefits you’ll get from having this done every autumn. But first, it’s worth singling out the carbon monoxide leaks.
Heaters that use combustion — burning gas or oil — always produce carbon monoxide. Usually, that poisonous gas goes directly through the exhaust system. It should never build up in your house.
If you have a problem such as a cracked heat exchanger, the gas can leak into your home. Eventually, you’ll get carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be deadly.
The gas is colorless and odorless — that’s why we need detectors — but you also can’t see inside the system. So, you can’t check for this problem yourself.
As a result, some unethical companies use the threat of a cracked heat exchanger to scam unsuspecting homeowners.
Fortunately, checking CO levels is part of the tune-up.
Four Benefits of a Heater Tune-Up
A heater tune-up is worth it because you’ll get these four benefits:
- More Comfortable Heat
- Lower Energy Bills
- Fewer Breakdowns
- Longer Furnace Life
More Comfortable Heat
One benefit you may notice over last winter is that your home feels warmer and more comfortable.
That’s because your heater doesn’t just go from working great to not working at all. Over time, you may notice small problems creep up — or if they creep up very slowly, you may not even realize they’re taking hold.
We’re talking about subtle things like drafts and weak air circulation. You also may start to notice the heater turning on and off for very short periods but more often than before.
These are all the first signs that something’s wrong. And, you prevent them with a tune-up.
Many times, all it takes is replacing a part that’s not quite broken yet. For instance, a worn-out fan belt or blower could mean the system’s not working up to par. Or, an electrical component is broken or corroded.
Lower Energy Bills
A system that’s working at its best needs less energy than one that’s struggling. With preventative maintenance, your system uses as little electricity, gas, or oil as possible.
The fewer resources you use, the less you pay for.
By now, it probably sounds pretty obvious that making sure your system is in good shape means it’s less likely to break down. That’s certainly true — but there’s more to it than that.
First of all, consider when you’re most likely to need a furnace repair. Here’s a hint: It’s not early November or late March when the weather’s mild.
Most likely, you’ll have a big problem in January or February — the coldest months of the year, when the system is working really hard to do the job.
Your furnace is no different from any other. That means everyone is most likely to have a breakdown at around the same time. There are only so many (trustworthy!) HVAC contractors to go around.
That means you may have to choose between roughing it for a few days, maybe even more than a week. Or paying a lot extra for priority service to jump to the front of the line.
You can also avoid that hassle with a small investment in the fall that can prevent this from happening in the first place.
Longer Furnace Life
Finally, you can enjoy these benefits for years to come — many more years than if you didn’t bother at all. If you haven’t been taking care of your furnace, you’re most likely to need a new one when you need it most: The dead of winter.
You can avoid the headache of having to scrape together money suddenly and stop everything to pick out a new heater by keeping it in good shape.
This way, it will not only last longer. But, your tech can also let you know if he sees any warning signs that the system may not make it through another cold season.
That way, you can opt to replace it proactively or just be prepared if it does break down for good.
Furnace Tune-Up and HVAC Repair in Eagle, ID
Call or email Snowflake Air any time for a furnace tune-up in Eagle, ID. Remember: a quick, easy, inexpensive tune-up in the fall means avoiding a bigger problem and more expensive furnace repair call in the winter!