We’ve all heard of an automotive tune-up, and know the importance of getting our oil and fluids changed, and our filters and sparkplugs replaced.
But if you ask most people what’s involved in a furnace tune-up, there’s a good chance you’ll be met with blank stares.
A furnace tune-up is a preventative maintenance appointment for one of your home’s most important, hardest-working (and expensive) appliances. It is performed by a trained professional who specializes in furnace maintenance, cleaning, and repair. In Calgary, a full-service furnace tune-up from a reputable provider will cost around $150. You can often get a price reduction if you combine the tune-up with another service, such as duct and furnace cleaning.
What’s involved in a furnace tune-up
A comprehensive furnace tune-up can involve a 50+ point testing and inspection checklist. It will include a detailed review and assessment of all key components, including the heat exchanger, flame sensor, ignitor, burners, venting and flue stacks, thermostat, wiring, blower motor, belts, switches, carbon monoxide detectors, humidifier, UV light… the list goes on.
The service technician will also provide general maintenance, such as cleaning the flame sensor, burner assembly, furnace cabinet, lubricating any bearings (if required), and more. The tune-up should include measuring and recording key performance indicators to determine if the furnace is operating at full or reduced efficiency.
When is the best time to get a furnace tune-up?
Winter is your furnace’s “time to shine”. A fall tune-up can help you be proactive in identifying and addressing issues that could cause your furnace to unexpectedly quit at the most inconvenient moment. That said, there is no wrong time to get your furnace tuned-up. Often it comes down to when is most convenient for you. Plus, you may even save money by booking your tune-up in the slow season.
What are the benefits of getting a furnace tune-up?
There are several ways you can benefit by regularly having your furnace tuned-up by a professional.
1. Keep your home safe and secure
In Calgary and most parts of Canada, furnaces run on natural gas. If there is a leak, it can pose a danger to you and your family and, worst-case, cause extensive damage. A furnace tune-up can determine if there is any risk of a carbon monoxide leak and address any issues that may be cause for concern.
2. Reduce the likelihood of furnace repairs
Inspection and regular maintenance can help you avoid problems before they get worse. And if you have to call a furnace repair person for 24/7 emergency service, it will cost you more.
3. Lower your energy bills
If your furnace isn’t running at full efficiency, it may need to kick-in more frequently to maintain the desired temperature. This can consume more electricity and natural gas, which means higher utility bills.
4. Improved comfort and performance
You expect your furnace to work, no matter how cold it gets. A tune-up helps ensure your furnace is running at its best and keeping your house warm day and night. Even if its’ -30°C, you should still be able to walk around in your PJs without having to be wrapped up in a blanket!
Choosing the right furnace repair company
Be sure to choose a licensed furnace maintenance, service, and repair company. Make sure they’re insured. Ask what services they provide as part of their tune-up/maintenance package. And it doesn’t hurt to check their Google reviews, to see what other customers have to say.
Stay toasty, Calgary!