Furnace Tune-Ups: NBD, or Necessary?
Are yearly furnace tune-ups necessary for the health, efficiency and longevity of your HVAC system? Are dental cleanings necessary for the health of your teeth? Are services at mileage milestones necessary for the health of your car? Does a hair trim every six weeks prevent split ends? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding, “yes!” While we may have let some of our maintenance concerns slip in recent months, as our beautiful Utah Winter draws near it’s an excellent time to get back on the maintenance horse. Ensure a cozy and worry-free snowy season with a yearly furnace tune-up by a certified HVAC technician. It’s the best gift you can give to yourself, your family, and the complex machinery that works so hard for you. Here are some compelling reasons why.
Age Is Just A Number
Just like cars, teeth, and well, people, the older your furnace, the more important a regular tuneup is to keep it vital. Newer furnaces need love too, so they can grow to be vital well into their golden years. Experts recommend yearly tune-ups for furnaces over 10 years old, and once every 2 years for younger furnaces, but a little extra TLC never hurt anybody. If you’re not sure of the last time your furnace was serviced, it’s best to err on the side of caution. How you maintain your furnace now means everything to how it will continue to perform over the years.
The vitality of your family begins with a healthy and comfortable home environment. In these times, accepting the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference is as important as ever. The health of your furnace falls into the category of “things you can control.” Additional peace of mind comes from knowing you’ve serviced your unit and fixed any issues, instead of waiting for a breakdown during the frigid months, shivering while you wait for an HVAC technician who will be in high demand once temperatures fall.
Strain = No Gain
Certain truths will always be. The postman always rings twice. No one wants to seem impolite by eating the last appetizer. And, dust, dirt, and debris naturally build up in your furnace with regular use. This puts increasing strain on your furnace and causes it to work harder than it should. A static airflow test during a tune-up measures how hard your fan is working to move air through your home. Like any dynamic entity, undue strain shortens the lifetime of the unit. Reduce the strain with a regular furnace tune-up!
Look For The Signs
If you’re noticing your energy bill rising, new little dust bunnies, or an excess of soot particles, it may be time for a tune-up. If your home’s humidity level feels “off”, rooms are heating unevenly, or your furnace is starting to sound like its own hum, ping and rattle symphony, it may be time for a tune-up! Moreover, leaving your furnace to fend for itself can also be a dangerous proposition. Even a small problem in the combustion process your furnace uses to heat your home can result in a gas leak or harmful rise in carbon monoxide levels. Similarly, dust and debris in the system effects your home’s air quality, and can exacerbate and even cause allergies and breathing issues. Gas calibration, cleaning and testing of coils, burners, and components, temperature output assessment, and alignment of belts and pulleys are all a part of a standard furnace tune-up.
If the above reasons weren’t compelling enough, be sure to read the fine print on your furnace’s warranty. Many furnace manufacturers require you to have regular maintenance, with the records to prove it, in order to keep the warranty valid.
So, treat yourself, your family, and your trusty furnace to a tune-up this Fall! Our technicians look forward to it! Call Craig’s at (801) 295-3357, or visit us at www.craigsservices.com. Your furnace will thank you!