7 Common Furnace Tune-Up Mistakes

A furnace tune-up will ensure your heating system continues to work during this season’s roughest weather. The winter already sees its fair share of troubles like snowy morning commutes, bitterly cold winds, and low temperatures threatening to turn everything into ice. The last thing you want on top of all that is a lack of heating due to improper tune-up work. Unfortunately, this proves all too common amongst homeowners every year. While there’s no doubt having a steady flow of heat at this time of year is an urgent matter, you should proceed with caution. Since you’re most likely not a licensed professional with years of experience in the HVAC business, you may be more prone to make mistakes during your time of need. Failing to maintain your heating system properly may lead to a whole bunch of problems that will turn this winter into one, long nightmare. You may experience issues like an increased risk if furnace fires, higher utility bills, frequent system breakdowns, and even the possibility of carbon monoxide exposure. All of these problems can build up over time, creating plenty of stress and chaos to what should be a peaceful winter. However, it is possible for you to avoid them and all it takes is a little more awareness on your end to ensure your next round of heating maintenance goes off issue-free

Why You Need to Call Gold Star Service

If you want a furnace tune-up done right, you should make Gold Star Service your leading choice for any maintenance this season. Our licensed heating contractors are the best in the area, and will always go the extra mile to keep you satisfied. They will give your furnace the attention it deserves so any small, lingering problems within the system are fixed immediately. Though you can certainly lend a helping hand and conduct maintenance work on your own time, nothing can compare to the work completed by a professional. Our team will make durable, high-quality repairs that will ensure your furnace won’t run into trouble for a long time to come. Once you receive our service, you can expect to live peacefully in your home. You won’t have to worry about furnaces breaking down when you turn them on, and you can stay comforted knowing your family’s heating needs are met for the entire season. Even if this winter’s proves the worst in recent memory, you can always count on the team at Air Tech to keep you, and your family, comfortable.

What Heating Mistakes Should You Avoid?

While you can certainly conduct your own heating maintenance, you need to make sure you are doing it properly. With that in mind, here are 8 of the most common mistakes homeowners will make, and ones you should definitely avoid:

  1. Not Changing Furnace Filters: Do you remember the last time you changed your filters? If you’re drawing a blank, you may want to change them immediately. Some homeowners won’t change their filters at all, which can prove disastrous when the filters clog with dirt and debris. Clogged filters will block the system’s air flow and force the furnace to work harder, resulting in poor efficiency. You should instead change them once a month during the colder months to keep heating efficient and consistent.
  2. Setting the Thermostat Too High: When the weather is already cold enough, it may be tempting to turn that thermostat up high. Homeowners will do this under the belief this will make their furnace work faster. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be any farther from the truth. This will only put more stress on the system and take a considerable toll on its efficiency to the point where you will be seeking replacement much sooner.
  3. Not Adjusting the Thermostat When Nobody is Home: When you’re leaving for work, and the kids are leaving for school, it would be a waste of heat to keep your thermostat at the same temperature. When nobody is home, turn it down instead. We’re not suggesting you leave your home in the cold, but keeping it a lower temperature will keep heat from going to rooms currently not in use.
  4. Clutter Build-Up Within the Components: Take a look around the furnace for a second. Are you noticing any clutter in the surrounding area? If so, remove it. Your furnace needs space. Even if it works well, its air flow may be blocked by any surrounding belongings. It can be a huge cause for concern if these belongings are flammable. All it would take is one spark from your heating system to create a massive home fire.
  5. Leaving Furnace Components Unclean: Some homeowners will do everything in the furnace tune-up process perfectly, except clean the furnace components. The components can become overwhelmed by dirt, dust, and debris. Allowing these contaminants to build up within the system will shorten its lifespan. You instead use a vacuum and a cloth to clean away any debris along with other tune-up work.
  6. Failing to Replace the Old System: Sometimes, no matter how much tune-up work is done, you may just have to replace the system altogether. If your furnace is older than 15 years old, it will be much better to replace it now. Homeowners who wait too long on furnace replacement will be spending more on repair and utility bills. Plus, any tune-up work will just be a waste of time.
  7. Not Calling Gold Star for an Annual Tune-Up: You need to know when to simply leave it to the pros. It is recommended you call for a tune-up from a contractor at Gold Star at least once a year. One of our contractors will be able to determine if your system has any lingering problems that will require repair before they worsen. Just one quick maintenance check from us can keep your heating system running for the next 12 months.

Stay Warm This Winter – Schedule A Furnace Tune-Up Today

Contact Gold Star Service today if you want to avoid any of these mistakes and have one of our contractors perform a furnace tune-up!