When Should You Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up?

When Should You Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up
  • Author: Fazal Umer
  • Posted On: November 18, 2023
  • Updated On: November 18, 2023

With winter just around the corner, you’ve likely whipped out your thermal clothes and thicker coats. Chances are, you’ve also replaced your thinner curtains with more insulating drapes.

But what about your heating system? Have you had a furnace tune-up completed already?

If not, there’s no better time than now, while it’s still the fall season, to schedule one. 

We’ll tell you why fall is the best time to prepare your furnace for the peak heating season, so read on.

Ensure Your Furnace Works Efficiently

During the last heating season, dirt and dust have likely settled on your furnace as it worked hard to warm the air inside your home. From the furnace filter to its blower and burners, chances are, these parts have become quite dusty.

If you use your heating system without cleaning its components, you can’t expect it to heat your home efficiently.

For example, a clogged filter can impede airflow into the system, leaving it with less air to heat. This forces your furnace to work harder and consume more energy. But even as it tries to reach your desired temperature, it may still be unable to heat your home adequately.

You don’t want that, especially not in the winter, so get a reliable HVAC company to tune up your furnace in the fall. They’ll send a technician to inspect and clean your entire system to ensure it’s ready for winter.

Keep Your Furnace Safe

A furnace can leak gases into your home through a faulty gas line, valve, or a busted heat exchanger.

Inhaling natural gas can cause suffocation because, as an asphyxiant, it displaces oxygen. A recent study also found that natural gas used in Boston homes contains at least 21 air pollutants. There’s also the risk of natural gas leaks causing a potential explosion.

You also don’t want a busted heat exchanger, which can leak carbon monoxide (CO) into your home. CO is toxic even at low levels and can be deadly at higher concentrations.

So, to ensure your furnace isn’t an accident waiting to happen, get it tuned up in the fall. If the tech finds any problem, they’ll let you know immediately. You can then have them complete the necessary HVAC repair job on the same day.

Prolong Your Furnace’s Lifespan

Today’s heating and cooling systems can last 15 to 25 years, but only if they’re well-maintained.

By contrast, ill-maintained systems are more prone to developing premature wear and tear. This chips away at their expected lifespan. In addition, they’re more likely to require costly AC and heating repair services.

Keep in mind that a new furnace costs thousands of dollars. That’s a good enough reason to make the one you have now last for as long as possible.

Fall Is the Best Time for a Furnace Tune-Up

Getting a furnace tune-up in the fall is one of the best ways to ensure your heating system is ready for winter. It can also give you peace of mind, knowing that your heater isn’t leaking gases that can poison you and your family.

If you liked this article, we have plenty of other informative guides to share! So, check out our latest home improvement articles for more tips and tricks.

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Author: Fazal Umer

Fazal is a dedicated industry expert in the field of civil engineering. As an Editor at ConstructionHow, he leverages his experience as a civil engineer to enrich the readers looking to learn a thing or two in detail in the respective field. Over the years he has provided written verdicts to publications and exhibited a deep-seated value in providing informative pieces on infrastructure, construction, and design.