How Important Are Annual Heating Tune-Ups
On August, 02, 2017
Fall has officially arrived in Tampa, and that means a few things: it’s time for pumpkins, jackets, cooler weather, and—of course—home maintenance. Fall is the perfect time to take care of things you need to have done on your home before the winter months are in full swing, and one of the most important fall maintenance tasks is getting your heating system ready for the cold winter with annual heating tune-ups.
While we may not exactly be known for our cold, harsh winters, Tampa residents know that the humidity mixed with colder weather is no cake-walk. Keeping your home’s heating unit in the best condition possible is the only way to make sure that your home is comfortable and warm when colder temperatures do arrive.
The professional Tampa heating contractors at Florida’s A/C Solution recommend that you have your heating unit inspected and tuned up at least once each year. However, many homeowners are unaware of just how important this annual maintenance can be.
Here are few of the questions that homeowners often have about heating maintenance and tune-ups:
Is It Really Necessary To Have a Heating Tune-Up Every Year?
We will say that if you don’t have annual heating tune-ups of your heater, you won’t necessarily see major problems develop. However, this type of preventative maintenance is much less expensive and less of a hassle than emergency repairs, and there’s much higher chance of having your heating system break down in the winter if it isn’t annually serviced.
It’s also worth noting that most manufacturers of heating units recommend that you have annual maintenance performed by a qualified heating contractor, and many units will not be covered under warranty unless they are annually serviced.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
Depending on the heating contractor that you call, you’ll probably receive a few different services, but a qualified Tampa HVAC contractor should know which services your Tampa home’s heating unit needs to have performed each year. Our contractors always perform the following services during annual heating tune-ups:
- Clean the ignition assembly
- Clean heat exchanger and elements
- Clean and adjust the burner assmebly
- Clean or replace air filters (this should be done more frequently than once a year)
- Lubricate all moving parts
- Adjust operating pressures
- Monitor temperature changes
- Monitor the flue draft
- And more!
We’ll also look for any small problems that could easily become major issues when you start to use your heater more frequently.
Could a Homeowner Do This On Their Own?
While it is possible for a homeowner to perform heating tune-ups on their own, most of the homeowners who have the knowledge and experience to complete the job are heating contractors themselves. And because your heating system becomes such an important part of your Tampa home during any cold weather, you want to know that you’re receiving the best services possible. We do not recommend that you attempt to make this your next DIY project.