What to Expect During a Furnace Tune-Up

October 20, 2020 10:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Furnace maintenance in St. George, UT is a key part of preparing for winter weather. You wrap your pipes and reverse your ceiling fans, so why skimp on calling out your HVAC contractor for a tune-up? Sitting around in an icy home is never fun. Since we’re all spending a lot more time at home these days, it’s important to make sure our furnaces can handle the cold weather. In fact, your HVAC unit’s warranty may require that it undergo regular service appointments. Doing otherwise would risk your warranty coverage.

Your furnace maintenance appointment will not only ensure that your furnace is working properly—it will also make sure that it’s operating efficiently. The cleaner and better functioning your system is, the less it will have to work to keep your home warm. That means lower energy bills and cleaner indoor air quality—two things our clients love.

Here’s what happens during a typical furnace service session:

  • Air filters: First, your HVAC contractor will check your air filters. Depending on the type you use, your air filters should be changed every one to three months. This keeps dust, smoke and other pollutants out of your indoor air, which is much harder to circulate than outdoor air. If you haven’t been changing your filters regularly, you could be spewing dust and allergens into your home.
  • Thermostat: Next, your contractor will check the thermostat to make sure it’s working properly. This includes checking to see if the temperature recorded is the actual temperature in your home. If not, your contractor will recalibrate the thermostat or suggest getting a new one.
  • Condensate drainage check: When your furnace is working hard, it will naturally get rid of several gallons of water per day. The water leaves the system through the drain lines and condensate pan. If those lines are clogged, they’ll need to be flushed or replaced as soon as possible. The drain pan should also be cleaned to prevent mold or algae buildup.
  • Furnace switch: What good is a heater if you can’t turn it on? Your furnace maintenance in St. George, UT includes testing the furnace switch to ensure everything is in working order—and fixing it if it isn’t.
  • Blower motor: Your blower motor is what helps push heated air through your ducts and into your home. Your contractor will make sure everything is clean and functioning properly.
  • Vents and ductwork: Finally, your contractor will go through all your vents and ductwork to make sure they’re clean and functioning as they should be. Sometimes animals can crawl into your vents and leave behind droppings. Worse, they might die in the ductwork or vents, spreading nasty smells around your home. Your HVAC contractor will look at all the vents and ductwork to assess blockage, cleanliness, gas pressure and appropriate lubrication.

Keeping your furnace tuned up and working efficiently is a necessary part of your fall and winter maintenance tasks. Let Calaway Heating & Air Conditioning help. Call us today to set up an appointment for furnace maintenance in St. George, UT.

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