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Why does your boiler or furnace need an annual tune-up?

Service tech in front of a houseEvery year, dust, dirt, and other particulates that effect performance and efficiency build up in your boiler or furnace which can lead to a system that performs inefficiently and potentially cause much higher than normal utility bills. The best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure that your heating system has a regular, annual tune-up performed by a professional technician.

Boiler or furnace annual tune-up benefits:

  • Improves system efficiency. This improves the performance of your heating system and can lower your heating costs.
  • Lowers the risk of your heating system breaking down by keeping it in good working order.
  • Reduces the possibility of requiring major repairs - those emergency repairs also always cost more than any preventative maintenance like a tune-up.
  • Potentially extends the life of your boiler or furnace.

What should be included in a professional boiler or furnace tune-up?

Any licensed and trained heating system technician should do the following during any tune-up to ensure that your system is running smoothly and efficiently:

Clean the system of any dirt, dust and grime.

  • Check thermostat settings to make sure that they are energy-efficient and meet your home comfort levels.
  • Reset boiler or furnace specifications, as required, according to manufacturer's recommendations.
  • Check all safety components, electrical connections, motors and controls for safe and proper operation
  • Inspect oil connections, pressure and burner combustion components
  • Perform visual inspection of above ground oil tanks
  • Check vents, drafts and flues for leaks.
  • Inspect chimney base for any debris or signs of deteriorating liner
  • Perform a safety inspection of the heat exchanger to ensure it’s not compromised, which could cause carbon monoxide leaks.
  • Check the hydronic system for any leaks.
  • Test for air flow and air filter, which if restricted, can affect system efficiency
  • Check the condensate drain or condensate pump, if the system includes central air or a condensing heat system.

When should you schedule your annual boiler or furnace tune-up?

The best time to schedule your tune-up is between April and August every year. These are some of the smart reasons why:

  • Your heating system has just come out of its heavy use winter season.
  • It gives you some time to repair any potential problems that may arise from the tune-up before colder weather hits.
  • If a technician determines that it’s time to replace your system, it gives you ample time to research and source a new, energy-efficient boiler or furnace and take advantage of any special offers rather than having to make a ‘snap decision’ due to necessity in colder weather.
  • You beat the fall rush when it can be difficult to schedule a tune-up appointment. In the Spring and Summer, you have much more appointment flexibility.

A yearly comprehensive, professional boiler or furnace tune-up and inspection is essential for any age of heating system - older models as well as new. You should also keep all your tune-up records as proof of the inspection and service, which might be needed if you ever need to file a warranty claim.

If you need a boiler or furnace tune-up, our team of home heating system experts are here to help you, any time. Give us a call to schedule your tune-up today!

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