How Often Should One Schedule a Heating Tune-Up?
Ideally, all heating systems should undergo at least one tune-up every year. But if you tend to use your heating system too often, then you should get your heating system serviced twice every year. Many people tend to procrastinate a tune-up until things go south. Make sure you don’t make the same mistakes.
Things To Expect From a Heating Tune-Up
At AVS Heating and Air Conditioning, our highly skilled and experienced heating technicians perform a thorough heating system checkup on all types of equipment, such as heat pumps and furnaces. The checkup helps ensure that all the components of your heating system receive the required attention. Here’s a list of some of the most important checks you can expect during a heating system tune-up.
1. Filter Check
Filters are exposed to dust, dirt, and other pollutants that tend to block the filter and reduce the airflow, thereby impacting a system’s heating efficiency. And while heating system manufacturers suggest that one should clean/replace their air filters regularly, many people tend to neglect their air filters. So, a filter check is one of the first things you can expect during a heating system tune-up.
2. Burner Check/Cleanup
Burners are prone to soot buildup that causes a loss in heating efficiency. A dirty burner can also lead to starting issues and premature aging of the heating system. While one must clean their burners regularly to prevent such issues, heating professionals thoroughly clean up during the heating system tune-up.
3. Gas Line Check
During the gas line check, the heating system technician will check for signs of gas leakage, such as a hissing sound or an unusual gas smell. They will also check the gas valve to ensure it is working fine. Note – If you hear a hissing sound or notice a strange smell coming from your heating system, contact us at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning right away.
4. Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector Test
A smoke or carbon monoxide detector is not a part of a home heating system, but our heating professionals at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning will perform a smoke/carbon monoxide detector test to ensure that they are working fine. Note – If your smoke detectors are placed less than 15 feet away from your gas furnace, there’s a chance that they might give a false alarm.
5. Thermostat Check
During a heating unit tune-up, your heating system expert will check the thermostat for its functionality and accuracy. The expert will also replace the battery or recalibrate the thermostat if required. In case the location of your thermostat is the cause of reduced heating efficiency, you need to have that fixed too.
6. Air Duct Vent Check
The next on the list is the air duct and vent check, during which the experts check if there aren’t any leaks that are leading to heat loss or reduced airflow. The experts will also clean the ducts and vents to get rid of any dirt or debris buildup that could restrict the flow of heat.
Besides the above-mentioned checks, some of the other important checks that you can expect during a heating system tune-up include the following –
- Checking and adjusting fan belt tension
- Tightening of electrical connections
- Voltage and current check
- Testing and verifying system controls
- Inspecting and cleaning drain lines, if required
- Lubrication of motor bearings and other moving components
If you have been procrastinating a heating tune-up, we suggest that you schedule one right away. You can also contact us at AVS Heating and Air Conditioning for other heating service requirements such as furnace installation, heating system maintenance, heating repair, heating replacement, and more. We are one of the most trusted names for air conditioning and heating-related services in the Washington D.C. Metro area. Our service area extends to Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax in VA. to Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland. To schedule an appointment, call us at 703-873-7484 (VA Customers) or 301-686-7129 (MD Customers).