When you hear talk about the cost of maintaining major home appliances like the water heater, air conditioning, and furnaces, people tend to compare appliances to cars.
But, of course, you’ve heard it before—you wouldn’t drive too far without a regular tune-up—but you’ve driven your car for years without a problem.
The truth is appliances and cars both need regular maintenance, but owners sometimes put maintenance off due to the cost.
Read this short post on furnace repair, and you’ll find out what they include, why you need one, and you’ll also get a pleasant surprise. They don’t cost as much as you’ve imagined.
Furnace Tune Up Checklist
Tune-ups on cars include a bunch of new parts like spark plugs and spark plug cables.
Furnace tune-ups don’t always include parts; scheduling them regularly may mean you rarely need new parts.
Most residential homes are heated by electricity, fuel oil or a natural gas furnace, so some items listed below may differ.
Here are a few things that a furnace tune-up might include:
🔧 Inspect the exhaust flue for a tight connection
Before restarting your furnace for the season, your HVAC technician should check that the exhaust system is not leaking combustion exhaust gases such as carbon monoxide and is being redirected out of your home.
🔧 Change out your furnace filter
This is an essential step in reducing wasted energy and wear and tear on mechanical parts.
🔧 Fire up your furnace
Starting your furnace allows your tech to check out the furnace for basic operation.
This is to ensure your blower motor starts, your burners ignite, and the whole unit sounds like it should.
🔧 Inspect the exhaust flue for a tight connection
Before restarting your furnace for the season, your HVAC technician should check that the exhaust flue is not leaking combustion gases such as carbon monoxide and is being redirected out of your home.
🔧 Clean the interior of your furnace
This includes vacuuming dust and debris and cleaning the burners, pilot light assembly, or hot surface ignitor.
Your tech should also clean the blower motor and cage.
The ignitor should be checked and cleaned with sandpaper to remove carbon buildup and ensure proper performance.
🔧 Test the gas ignitor
Over time, these tend to wear out.
As this happens, the less electrical charge gets through it to light the flame. Eventually, it will stop working, so it’s best to check it.
🔧 Adjust the pilot light
If your furnace has a pilot light your technician will adjust it to ensure the optimal height for the burners.
🔧 Adjust the burners
The furnace burners are where all the magic happens, so they need to be checked to be running at optimal efficiency.
🔧 Check and adjust gas pressure and air mix
Checking these ensures that your burners are burning cleanly and maximizes safety with regard to indoor air quality.
🔧 Check all electrical components
There’s a bunch of electrical parts to check here.
Safety switches, electronic ignition thermostat contacts, limit control switches to name a few.
These all have an impact on the efficient running of your furnace.
🔧 Maintenance of the blower assembly
The motor should be checked and lubricated. Blower speed may need to be adjusted to optimize the airflow. The wheel should also be inspected and cleaned.
🔧 Clean the indoor coil
If your furnace housing contains an AC evaporator coil, this will also need to be inspected for leaks and cleaned. Check out this AC guide for more information.
🔧 Inspect the heat exchanger
Your furnace works by forcing air over the heat exchanger and dispersing it throughout your home via ductwork.
A cracked heat exchanger typically means a furnace replacement.
After your HVAC technician completes the tune-up, you should receive a written assessment with your receipt.
The evaluation analyzes what the technician found during the tune-up, recommendations for repairs, and their proposal for future maintenance.
Why You Need a Tune-Up
While the components of a tune-up for your HVAC system aren’t the same as what’s included in a car tune-up, the premise is the same.
As a result, you get more miles out of a tuned-up car and more useful life from a fine-tuned furnace.
One of the primary reasons homeowners need to schedule routine HVAC maintenance is to reduce costly repairs.
For example, every winter, HVAC technicians receive calls from homeowners with heating problems.
Tune-ups can catch minor issues before they evolve into major furnace repairs.
In addition to reducing repairs, furnace tune-ups keep you and your family safe. Your furnace burns fuel to produce heat.
A regular check-up ensures you don’t have gas leaks or issues with carbon monoxide levels. This helps improve your indoor air quality as well.
Tune-ups also help keep your furnace running efficiently.
An efficient furnace can help lower your energy bills during the winter.
How Much Does a Tune-Up Cost?
Now you’re convinced that you need regular HVAC system maintenance, including a tune-up.
So you’re naturally wondering how much it costs.
The good news about tune-ups is they’re not a significant drain on your wallet.
Depending on where you live, your furnace type, and the HVAC company you engage, you’ll pay between $150-$250.
The average cost of a repair is around $300. A brand-new furnace replacement will set you back between $3000 and $5000. It sounds like a tune-up is an excellent idea, no?
Need to Schedule a Heating and Cooling Service?
Even though winter is already blowing through the country, it’s not too late to schedule a furnace service. You’ll feel more comfortable, and safer and may even see a lower heating bill this year.
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