Do I Really Need a Furnace Tune-Up?

You hear radio ads, receive mailers, and see social media posts to get your furnace tune-up. It’s a message as unavoidable as pumpkin spice this time of year. And you’re understandably skeptical. Does my heating system really need a maintenance inspection?

Short answer, yes. Keep reading for the long answer.

Here’s Why Your Furnace Needs a Tune-Up

Your furnace is a complicated piece of equipment consisting of a blower motor, heat exchanger, belts, ignition, burner flame, and more. Any of those components can become compromised, leading to poor performance or a complete breakdown.

If your heating system worked like a champ to get you comfortably through the winter last year, so it deserves a thorough inspection to ensure that it’s up to the task again. You wouldn’t drive across the country without first getting a tune-up for your car. The same principle applies here.

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Here’s What an HVAC Technician Does During a Fall Tune-Up

A technician will perform a number of tasks to refresh your furnace. Circumstances vary, but these generally include:

  • Analyzing the combustion gas

  • Testing for carbon monoxide

  • Inspecting the heat exchanger for cracks and rust

  • Checking the burners from proper ignition

  • Lubricating belts and motor bearings

  • Checking the drainage system

  • Vacuuming/cleaning out dust and debris

  • Changing the filter

  • Testing the amp draw

  • Checking the wires for damage

  • Calibrating the thermostat

Here’s What Could Happen If You Don’t Get a Fall Tune-Up

If you neglect to schedule a maintenance inspection, you run the risk of a mid-winter breakdown. Believe us when we say the last thing you want is to be without heat during a polar vortex. At the very least, your heating system will struggle to keep you warm, and your energy bills will skyrocket. Skipping an annual tune-up may also void your furnace’s current or extended warranty and reduce its expected lifespan.

Ultimately, you’ll end up paying more in repairs. Preventive maintenance is always cheaper.

Turn to the Pros at Guaranteed Service

At Guaranteed Service, we take the time to inspect your heating system to ensure proper operation thoroughly. After conducting a comprehensive tune-up, your furnace will perform all winter reliably. Schedule your appointment today by calling (732) 412-1134.