Annual tune-ups for your boiler or furnace can save you time, money, and save the life of your unit! Heater tune-ups are the number one way to stay ahead of mother nature when cold weather hits, ensuring your system is working properly and running at peak efficiency. Learn how a heater tune-up can lengthen the lifespan of your unit and other benefits.
How Can Tune-Ups Save Your System?
Annual doctor visits are key to preventing issues before they occur and treating issues quickly to ensure a longer life. The same goes for preventive maintenance for your home heating system. Just like a check-up can save your life, an annual tune-up could save your heater. Annual heater tune-ups are key to maintaining a healthy unit. Cleaning the unit, replacing filters, and making sure parts are in order each year will help prevent unexpected issues and ensure your system lasts for years to come.
Higher efficiency and lower energy bills
The elements involved in a tune-up, like replacing the filter or cleaning the evaporate coil, will also result in higher efficiency. If your system is clouded with dirt and debris, it may be working harder to heat your home. When units work harder, much of the energy produced is loss to exhaust and not actually used towards heating your home. This energy loss, known as standby loss, will cost you more money in the long run. To avoid standby loss and decreasing AFUE, don't skip your annual tune-ups. Cleaning and testing the system will get it to maximum efficiency, thereby increasing the comfort from your home heating system and lowering your energy bills.
Reduced risk of emergency breakdown
By getting a tune-up, a technician will be able to detect and diagnose any problems before they get worse and an unexpected system failure occurs. The last thing you want is to be surprised with no heat on a frigid winter day; a tune-up will lessen the risk of this happening. Not to mention, a tune-up will always cost less than having to repair or even replace your system in the event of a complicated issue.
One bigger issue that's all too common is a cracked heat exchanger. Cracked heat exchangers can easily lead to your system failing, and cause serious health issues if there is a carbon monoxide leak. Learn more by watching the short video below.
Whether your heating system is three years old or thirteen years old, it needs maintenance to keep running efficiently. Take your car for example: if you never got your car inspected or got an oil change, how long would it last? That's right -- not very long. Simple preventive maintenance for your heater results in higher efficiency and a longer life with less unexpected issues.
Signs Your Heater Needs a Tune-Up
As systems age, they start to show some wear-and-tear, although it might not always be noticeable. However, your heater may be giving you some warning signs that it needs a tune-up. These signs, if not properly handled, can lead to system failure when winter weather hits.
Some subtle signs include a constant rise in your utility bill, longer time to heat your home, unusual sounds, and less airflow from your vents. These issues and the risk of mechanical failure can be reduced by simply getting an annual tune-up. Tune-ups give you the peace of mind that your system is running properly. They also save you money from unexpected part replacement and high utility bills.
Types Of Tune-Ups and What They Entail
Here at ECI Comfort, we service many different types of heating systems in the Delaware Valley. Below are the different types of heating systems and a few examples of what's involved in a tune-up for each one. Note: heater tune-ups involve a much longer checklist than the examples named below. To get more details, give us a call!
- Vacuum chimney case
Tighten and inspect all wiring
Visually inspect chimney base and clean the outside of the boiler
Test exhaust system for proper venting
- Inspect blower
Replace nozzle and check oil levels
Clean and service oil burner
Replace oil filter
- Test thermostat
Inspect for cracks
Vacuum furnace and chimney base
Check and clean evaporator coil
Check/replace air filter
Check vibration and noise
Ductless heat pump
Remove and clean filters
Inspect and level the condenser
If you live in the Delaware Valley/Greater Philadelphia area and would like to find comfort within your home, visit our website or give us a call at 215 - 245 - 3200 to learn more.