Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Is A Fall Furnace Tune-up Really Necessary?

Don't ever doubt that you need a fall furnace tune-up performed each year, because you do need one, and we’re here to tell you about the some of the benefits you may have been missing out on.

Fall furnace tune-ups are vital to having a durable furnace. Having pre-season preventive maintenance done also helps you throughout the winter; promising uninterrupted heating and avoiding system breakdown just when they need their heat the most.

No matter what winter brings to Dallas this year, you’ll know that your furnace will perform time and again and without fail if you have had a fall furnace tune-up.

Trane Gas Furnace
Why the timing of your tune-up is important

The timing of a tune-up matters for a variety of reasons:

    Air conditioning and heating companies are often at their busiest once winter arrives and homeowners run their furnaces around the clock. At this time, people who forgot to make appointments will be rushing to schedule preventive maintenance. Other homeowners’ furnaces will break down, and they’ll call their contractors to schedule repairs. For all of these reasons, if you call for maintenance once winter is in full swing, you may have to wait for an appointment.
    During the fall season, however, HVAC contractors are squarely focused on making room for tune-ups, which is generally the most common type of appointment. As a result, scheduling a tune-up now will ensure that your furnace receives attention, and that it is in good working condition -- before you have to fire it up.

What your heating technician should do during a fall furnace tune-up

Before you can understand the benefits that a tune-up affords, it’s helpful to know what a heating technician will do during preventive maintenance.

    Typically, a tune-up includes a full-scale inspection of the system to identify problem areas and replace machinery that is beginning to wear out.
    The technician will carry out a comprehensive cleaning of the complete furnace system, making sure that dirt buildup is removed so that friction and wear and tear are reduced, enhancing the efficiency of the furnace.
    The technician also will inspect the condition of components, such as the ductwork and any add-ons like humidifiers or air cleaners.

How you’ll benefit from regular annual service

It’s generally true that the more often you have annual service performed, the more you’re likely to benefit from the service. But even if you’ve neglected to service your furnace for a few years, you can still get in on its benefits by starting regular service now. These benefits include:

    Better furnace efficiency – Your system can only reach -- or come near to -- manufacturer expectations if it’s clean. In fact, dirt is generally the No. 1 enemy of efficiency, as dirt that rests on components like the motor, air handler or heat exchanger creates friction, causes the system to consume more energy and increases wear and tear.
    Improved comfort – When dirt buildup is left unchecked, it starts to wreak havoc within the system. As efficiency decreases, the furnace’s capacity to generate heat decreases, impacting other components like the air handler’s ability to push heated air into your home. As a result, you may notice that some of the rooms in your home aren’t as comfortable as they used to be, or you just aren’t as warm in your home as you’ve been in the past. But a clean system will operate at peak capacity, and provide optimal home comfort.
    Extended life – A furnace system should generally last around 15 years. However, manufacturers assign a furnace an expected life span under ideal conditions, meaning you must maintain the furnace to achieve those expectations. However, most HVAC experts believe homeowners can extend that life span even further with annual maintenance. In fact, you can generally achieve a longer life span by up to five years, just by investing in a fall furnace tune-up each year.
    Low lifetime costs – The amount that you paid for your furnace does not represent the overall costs related to operating it. Taking operating costs into account gives you a more accurate idea of lifetime costs. And with regular maintenance, you can ensure that you keep lifetime costs low, because a clean, lubricated system wards off wear and tear and component failure, keeping repair costs low -- or even non-existent -- and energy savings high.

Convinced that this is the year you should start scheduling a fall furnace tune-up? Beat the rush for service, and contact Chapman Air & Heat to make an appointment. Serving homeowners in Dallas TX and its surrounding areas, we are large enough to serve you, and small enough to care.

Article adapted from - Wednesday October 19, 2014