Kick Off Fall with a Furnace or Heat Pump Clean and Check…What to Expect

Posted On: October 28, 2020

For many Americans, fall signals the time to retreat to the comfort of their home, dust off the TV remote, and sink into the couch for their weekly dose of football.

When you’re setting your calendar for the first big game of the season, why not pencil in a reminder to contact Short Pump Heating & Air for a routine tune-up of your furnace or heat pump? Regular scheduled maintenance of your heating system can be the catalyst for:

  • Keeping utility bills under control
  • Preventing bigger (and potentially more expensive) repairs down the road
  • Extending the life of the system

Heres why: When your HVAC system is running, airborne pollutants like dust and more can collect on its interior surfaces. These particles can accumulate over time, and if not addressed they can:

  • Restrict airflow
  • Reduce comfort
  • Reduce energy efficiency
  • Reduce the life of the system through corrosion and material breakdown

What to Expect During a Standard Preventive Maintenance Visit

A standard furnace maintenance appointment, often marketed as a “clean and check,” generally lasts about an hour per system. In most cases, your technician will run the system in all of its modes to check that heating temperatures are correct, the system is functioning efficiently, and there are no signs of malfunction. While every contractor is a little different, Short Pump Heating & Air’s preventive maintenance visits include:

  1. Make sure all electrical and gas connections are sound and components are working properly
  2. Check for secure physical connections of individual parts
  3. Check the igniter – newer furnaces don’t have pilot lights
  4. Check the flame sensor and thermocouple
  5. Inspect and clean the burners
  6. Inspect the heat exchanger for signs of damage such as cracks or corrosion
  7. On 90% AFUE or higher furnaces, inspect condensate drain lines
  8. Check the airflow and blower motor operations
  9. Check voltages and amp draw
  10. Check and, if necessary, adjust gas pressure
  11. Inspect the vent pipe for loose fittings and proper support
  12. A light cleaning of the equipment

The cost will vary depending on the number of systems and whether you want an annual or semi-annual preventive maintenance plan.  To learn more about the preventive maintenance plans, call the office at 804-364-9040 today!

So, if the days are getting shorter and you can hear the recliner and TV remote calling your name, it’s also the best time to schedule preventive maintenance before winter hits.  Scheduling a heating system tune-up goes a long way toward ensuring a comfy, cozy season.

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