Why an Annual HVAC Tune-up is so Important
by Mike Morris
It’s tempting to blow off scheduling an annual HVAC system inspection and tune-up. But the time involved and moderate cost you’ll incur is nothing compared to the hassle of a breakdown and the higher price you’ll pay to have it repaired when it breaks down.
Here’s why having an annual HVAC system inspection is an important thing to put on your homeowner’s list of things to do each spring.
Many of the things that can go wrong with a furnace aren’t covered by warranties and even protection agreements. Check your paperwork to see your particular coverage, but typically things like replacing the thermostat and repairing condensate lines aren’t covered. Having an annual HVAC system inspection can prevent many types of breakdowns that are caused by lack of maintenance, cleaning and lubrication.
An HVAC inspection and tune-up is thorough
Having your HVAC system running efficiently not only saves you money when it breaks down. Having an efficiently running system will also save you money on your utility bills. Here’s what an annual HVAC system inspection and tune-up includes:
1. Check electrical circuit to furnace
2. Check thermostat and thermostat wiring
3. Check furnace wiring for loose connections and/or insulation deterioration; repair as necessary. (Note: replacement of thermostat and wire isn’t covered by the Sears protection agreement or checkup)
4. Inspect heat exchanger; cleaning of heat exchanger is at an additional cost to non Sears protection agreement customers
5. Check operation of spark ignition system (gas only)
6. Check gas valve operation, adjust gas pressure if needed; inspect, clean and/or adjust pilot burner as
needed (gas only)
8. Inspect furnace filter
9. Inspect entire furnace for loose or worn parts, abnormal vibrations and proper venting operation
10. Test run and adjust system for peak operating efficiency
11. Test all electrical/safety circuits for proper operation
12. Check carbon monoxide emission level
13. Clean condensate lines if present; disassembly or repair of lines is not covered by checkup