Fall has officially arrived, bringing with it cooler weather, sweaters, and pumpkins, and it’s also the perfect time to take care of some important home maintenance tasks. During these pleasant months, it’s important to take the time to get your home ready for everything it’s going to need to endure the harsher winter months, and one of the most important things you need to to take care of is your heating system.
When the winter weather starts to reach its coldest temperatures, you need to know that your heating system is ready to keep your home warm, comfortable, and safe.
The professional Kinston heating contractors at Two Amigos Heating & Air, LLC recommend that you have a heating tune-up performed at least once a year, and fall is the best time of year to have it done. However, many homeowners are unaware of how necessary these tune-ups are and how many benefits they can provide you with.
Here are some of the questions homeowners frequently have for us:
Are Annual Tune-Ups and Inspections Really Necessary?
All furnace manufacturers recommend that you have annual inspections and maintenance performed to protect the machinery and prevent serious damage. Most of the time, your furnace won’t be covered under warranty if any damage occurs unless it’s been serviced annually.
If you don’t have your Kinston home’s heating unit tuned up, you won’t necessarily experience any major problems, but preventative HVAC maintenance is much less expensive—and less of a hassle—than emergency repairs. Our heating tune-ups will keep your heating unit running efficiently, and they’ll prevent you from needing major repairs during the coldest parts of the year.
What Do Technicians Actually Do During a Tune-Up?
Depending on the contractor you decide to hire, you’ll find some variation in the specific services that you receive during a heating tune-up. However, a qualified HVAC contractor will know which services your Kinston home’s heating sytem need to receive annually. During our tune-ups, the steps we perform include:
- Cleaning and adjusting burner assembly
- Cleaning heat exchanger and elements
- Lubricating all moving parts
- Adjusting operating pressures
- Cleaning or replacing filters (this should be done more frequently than once a year!)
- Cleaning ignition assembly
- Monitoring the flue draft
- Measuring temperature changes
- Checking gas supply for leaks
- And more!
Can a Homeowner Do This On Their Own?
We do not recommend that you make Kinston heating tune-ups a DIY project.
While it is possible for a homeowner to complete these tasks on their own, most of the homeowners who who have the knowledge and experience to complete the job well also happen to be heating contractors. If your contractor is doing half of the things listed above, you’re getting your money’s worth. And because your heating system is so important to your Kinston home during the winter, you want to know that you’re receiving the highest quality work possible.
Remember: this is preventative HVAC maintenance. One of the biggest reasons heating tune-ups are important is that they’ll allow your contractor to catch problems early, before your furnace quits working in the middle of the night.