Top 10 Questions To Ask When Getting a Utah Furnace Tune-Up
Everyone has seen the ads for an very low price for a furnace tune-up. Some as low as $29.00. How can hvac companies afford to send out a technician to a home and do a full furnace tune-up for that low of a price? Easy, they are counting on up selling the customer or suggesting you need a new furnace. Some hvac companies even send out an apprentice with very little experience to do this type of work. This often causes either very little to be done on the furnace, or poor recommendations for what the furnace really needs.
1. Do You Really Need A Furnace Tune-Up?
Some home owners think their furnace is like their car. Car owners think their car isn’t running right, so a tune-up will fix all ills. Furnace owners are better describing the problem, and getting an exact fix than just calling a hvac company and say they need a tune-up. Changing your filters on a regular basis is the number one thing a home owner can do to make sure their furnace runs properly.
2. Check for hazardous debris in the chimney and flue.
Since the flue pipe and or chimney carry by-products of combustion, including, carbon monoxide out of the furnace. A partial restriction, leaks, insufficient oxygen or animal nests in these passage will cause the furnace to operate with poor combustion.
3. Check ignition and gas pilot safety system.
It is important to have the gas pilot safety system tested and confirmed that the safety circuit is functioning properly.
4. Make sure there is no dirt build up. If there is clean it.
The Number 1 cause of system failure is dirt! Nine out of 10 due to dirt build up. (Louisiana Cooperative Ext. Serv.) Build up of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace’s airflow and cause it to use more electricity. A dirt buildup in furnaces, especially blower motor blades result in a decrease in efficiency, some say by 21%.
5. Make sure there’s proper airflow over your heat exchanger.
Start with keeping your furnace’s blower motor and blades clean; is critical. Dirt build-up on the blades of your furnace’s blower can also contribute to early aging of your furnace’s heat exchanger. Blower cleaning is critical since a buildup of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace’s airflow and cause it to use more electricity. The lower airflow will cause the furnace to run hotter, increasing the rate of expansion and contraction of the heat exchanger’s metal.
6. Prevent premature failure of your equipment.
Regular maintenance is proven to extend the life of your HVAC system without compromising your safety.
7. Make sure it’s performing efficiently; keep $$$ from going up the chimney.
There’s a GOOD chance your current heating system is underperforming — robbing you blind; Lack of proper furnace maintenance affects operating costs as much as 10% to 50% due to dirty burners, dirty blowers, dirty filters, and thermostat calibration. Here’s an interesting stat: 9 out of 10 of the HVAC Systems in the US are wasting 40% or more in energy costs! Think of it this way, next time you pull up to a gas pump and paying for 10 gallons and dumping 4 gallons on the ground at the pump.
8. Avoid the “No-Heat-Monkey-Wrench-In-Your-Day” event.
Obviously, losing your heat in the middle of Winter is not a great situation to be in. Especially, making the decisions to solve it. We see it all the time, the day before it failed(no heat) was just like today when it’s working.
9. Avoid taking unnecessary health risks.
You want to make sure you don’t have any lurking unsuspecting health threats. No one wants to run family health risks! Carbon Monoxide(CO) is a poisonous gas often referred to as a silent killer, and for good reason. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it. When it’s released into the air, homeowners often can’t tell. Many people tend to mistake the sickness they feel from carbon monoxide poisoning with seasonal illness like the flu. Thousands of people across the country become sick from carbon monoxide each year, and tragically, hundreds will die from it. carbon monoxide is called the silent killer for a reason.
10. Peace of mind:
Remember, it’s not necessarily about what you will save today, but what you will prevent tomorrow.
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