Autumn is about more than just sweaters, pumpkins, and cooler weather—this is the time of year that homeowners need to start preparing their homes for the winter months. Your home is forced to endure quite a lot of stress when the temperatures drop to their lowest points, and it’s important that you make sure that your home is ready for it. Among the most important parts of fall maintenance is making sure that your heating system is ready for the colder weather.
The winters in Southern Connecticut can be harsh, and it’s important that your heating system is able to provide you and your family with adequate heat throughout the entire season.
At Modern Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC, our professional Southern Connecticut heating contractors recommend that you have a heating tune-up performed at least once each year, preferably in the fall, before the winter months are in full swing. Many homeowners are unfortunately unaware of how necessary annual tune-ups are, but it’s very important that you don’t neglect to have this maintenance performed.
Here are a few of the questions that homeowners frequently have about heating maintenance and heating tune-ups:
Is it Really Necessary to Have Annual Tune-Ups Performed?
Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance be performed by qualified technicians. If annual maintenance is performed, the furnace will probably be not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty if any serious damage occurs.
Neglecting to have an annual tune-up of your Southern Connecticut home’s heating unit doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll end up needing extensive heating repairs during the winter months, but it’s worth noting that this type of preventative HVAC maintenance has a much lower cost than any emergency repairs you may need otherwise.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
Depending on the contractor, the actual services performed will vary, but a qualified heating contractor will know which services your Southern Connecticut home’s heating unit needs to receive annually. Our professionals will perform the following services during any heating tune-up:
- Clean heating elements and heat exchanger
- Clean and adjust the burner assembly
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Adjust operating pressures
- Monitor flue draft
- Clean or replace air filters (this should be performed once a month)
- Check gas supply for leaks
- Measure temperature changes
- Clean ignition assembly
- And more!
Could a Homeowner Do This Job On Their Own?
Of course, it is possible that a homeowner could perform a heating tune-up on their own. However, most homeowners who have the knowledge and experience to take care of these tasks are heating contractors themselves. If your heating contractor is doing half of the things listed above, you’re getting your money’s worth.
Heating tune-ups in Southern Connecticut are a preventative maintenance job, and the amount of money that they can save you on heating repairs (not to mention furnace replacements) means that they pay for themselves. And because your heating system is so important to your Southern Connecticut home during the winter, ensuring that the job is done by a qualified professional is very important.