There’s nothing worse than getting stuck without a heating system on a frigid winter night. And if you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a situation like that, you must schedule a regular heating tune-up to help ensure your heating system runs seamlessly through those cold winter months.

Why Is Regular Heating Tune-Up Important?

  • Heating systems experience wear and tear during normal operations. This, in turn, leads to the need for frequent heating repairs and part replacement. And while it’s normal for heating systems to degrade with age and operations, one can minimize the extent of wear and tear by ensuring regular heating tune-ups. Also, an unmaintained heating system experiences far more wear & tear and tends to undergo more frequent repairs as compared to one that’s properly maintained.
  • Another reason why heating tune-up is important is that it helps ensure that the heating system offers optimal heating efficiency. Lack of regular heating tune-ups, on the other hand, can lead to reduced heating efficiency, and as a result, your home heating system will not be able to keep your home as warm and toasty as required.
  • Lastly, regular heating tune-ups help ensure optimal power consumption. And if you are under the impression that buying an energy-efficient heating system is enough to ensure reduced heating bills, then you gotta stop believing that right away unless you want to bear the pain of paying hefty heating bills.

Note – Many heating system manufacturers reject warranty claims if the heating systems do not have a proper service record.

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.

7. Others

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).

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