Many Grand Traverse County-area homeowners are starting to think about preparing their homes for winter, and a fall furnace tuneup is one of the first things on their list. If you count on your furnace to keep you warm all winter, now is the time to make sure it’s in good working order.
Typically your furnace works hard all winter and then sits unused for part of the spring and all of the summer. When cool weather arrives again, the wear and tear from the previous season may have caused damage that can make your furnace work less efficiently or even be a safety hazard. By getting a fall furnace tuneup, you can find out about minor problems before they become major ones. The improved performance from a cleaned, tuned up furnace will save you money throughout the entire heating season.
Although different furnaces have different tune-up needs, most fall furnace tuneups have a number of steps in common. In general, during a tuneup the service technician inspects your furnace to make sure that it is working properly and is safe. Some other typical steps in a tuneup include:
- Checking filters and cleaning or replacing them as needed
- Checking the drain pan to be sure it isn’t clogged
- Checking electrical connections and tightening or cleaning as needed
- Inspecting the heat exchanger for cracks
- Making sure gas connections are tight and not leaking if you have a gas furnace
- Inspecting the pilot light and furnace burner to be sure they’re working properly
- Lubricating moving parts in the motor
- Making sure the thermostat is working correctly
- Checking all belts, hoses and pipes for wear or leakage
- Testing safety controls to make sure they are functioning properly
- Making sure the exhaust system vents properly
- Measuring the amperage and the voltage on the blower
A fall furnace tune-up is an investment that extends the life of your furnace and gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your furnace is ready for winter.
To schedule an appointment for a fall furnace tune-ups or for answers to other HVAC issues, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have proudly served the Grand Traverse County area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about fall furnace tuneups and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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