Summer has slowly vanished and the days have begun to grow short. Temperatures are slowly falling and a cool chill now hangs in the air. Trees are starting to show their colors as the leaves begin to fall in preparation for winter. Yes, fall is definitely here and it’s a great time to schedule a tune-up for the HVAC system that runs throughout your home. This is particularly true in regard to the vents and furnace. Your furnace is the unit responsible for heating your home and accomplishes this by burning fuel or electricity to heat the air. The heated air is then circulated throughout the home through the ductwork system. This is the main component used to maintain a comfortable living environment during the cold winter months.
In most cases, the furnace is located in a basement, attic, closet or other crawlspace. As the winter months grow colder, a functioning furnace becomes more and more vital. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to schedule regular maintenance so as to extend its lifespan and increase its efficiency (which in turn will help lower your electric bills).
It’s best to schedule your tune-up in the fall season, right about the time you’re beginning to switch from the air conditioner to the furnace. Doing so will help to ensure optimum performance before temperatures drop for the winter, allowing you to better maintain the environment in your home.
Most tune up’s will include services similar to those listed below:
- Cleaning the blower
- Cleaning and adjusting the furnace burners
- Inspecting and tightening wiring connections
- Inspecting the heat exchanger
- Inspecting the gas pressure and flame operation
- Inspecting the igniter and pilot light
- Looking the furnace vacuum and indoor filter
- Checking ductwork and connections to ensure proper airflow
While some would think it unnecessary to schedule a yearly tune-up, most would concur that regular tune-ups help to ensure the life of your unit. Regular tune-ups help to pinpoint problems before they become larger issues. A well-maintained furnace should last between 15 and 20 years which helps limit the costs associated with heating your home. Tune-ups are especially important if your furnace is still under warranty. While it may be tempting to try and fix an issue yourself, it could void the warranty covering your unit. Having a certified HVAC technician inspect your furnace can help to ensure that any repairs or adjustments made will not void the warranty associated with your system, allowing you peace of mind throughout its lifespan.
To learn more about HVAC maintenance and how it can help your home this winter, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and let us know how we can serve you. We have solutions available for residential and commercial HVAC installations, including furnace repair options for units that have already suffered damage. We’re certain we have the right solution for your needs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to your call.