The Importance of an Annual Tune Up Before Heating Season

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An annual tune up before the heating season, isn’t just something else to add to your to-do list. It should be one of the most important things on your list. It makes a big difference in keeping your home warm and comfortable, your equipment operating efficiently and reliably, and ensuring that your family is safe throughout the coldest months of the year.

Like many service providers, Levco recommends that our customers have a tune-up performed at least once a year, no matter the age of the unit. No doubt you have regular oil changes for your car, check the brakes and make sure the wiper fluid is full. And many of us even put on snow tires and new wiper blades before the first flake falls. We want to make sure we can depend on our car to get us through whatever winter dishes out. Well, your furnace or boiler also needs regular maintenance to make sure everything is working properly and ready for the heating season.

What Does An Annual Tune Up Consist Of?

While all service companies are different, during the annual maintenance call a Levco technician will:

  • Thoroughly vacuum clean the heater, smoke pipe, and base of the chimney
  • Replace the nozzle, pump screen, and oil filter cartridge
  • Clean and adjust electrodes and burner gun assembly
  • Oil the motors
  • Test the operating efficiency and adjust for maximum comfort, convenience, and economy

An Annual Tune Up Protect Your Warranty

Most equipment manufacturers recommend that you have a tune-up performed on your heating system at least once a year. In fact, furnace warranties require you to have an annual tune-up for the warranty to remain valid. That’s because they understand how important these tune-ups are to the performance and longevity of your system. And preseason maintenance helps avoid a system failure when you need it most. You’ll keep energy costs under control, boost the efficiency of the system and improve the air quality of your home. You’ll also increase the comfort and safety of your family, and extend the life of the equipment.

An Annual Tune Up Saves Money

Investing in a tune up of your heating equipment before the heating season starts, is more cost-effective when it comes to repair costs and energy bills. And signing up for a comprehensive service plan not only gives you easy access to an annual tune up, but also usually provides emergency service and coverage on many parts.

Savings on Repairs

Annual maintenance is an affordable, predictable investment that can save you money over the long term by reducing the need for more costly repairs later. Tune ups can identify most developing problems early before they lead to mid-season breakdowns and costly repairs.

When the temperature plummets outside, the last thing you need is a broken furnace. To minimize the chance of waking up in the middle of the night to a freezing house this winter, schedule a tune up by the Fall.

Lower Energy Bills

No one wants to pay more than necessary to heat their home. When your system is tuned up and operating efficiently, it uses less energy to do its job. That can mean lower energy bills for you, without having to compromise your comfort level.

And according to the Department of Energy,  by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.

An Annual Tune Up Boosts Energy Efficiency

A thorough inspection will help make sure your unit is operating at peak efficiency. Even little things like a dirty air filter can cause your unit to work harder and use more energy than it needs to. When mechanical components are lubricated, they work more efficiently, requiring less energy to get the job done. And cleaning or changing the air filter allows your furnace to easily circulate air through your home.

An Annual Tune Up Heating Tune Up Improves Air Quality in Your Home

Think about it – when your furnace isn’t clean, how can the air moving through it be?

A heating tune-up will improve the indoor air quality of your home. Over time, things like dust, soot, pet dander and sediment will build up in your unit. By scheduling a professional heating tune-up, you can take a proactive approach. You’ll lessen the amount of  air contaminants and ensure that your heating system gets the airflow it needs to work efficiently.

An Annual Tune Up Increases Your Comfort & Safety

When your furnace is running properly, your whole home will be more comfortable. In addition to better indoor air quality, it’s less likely your furnace will experience fires or carbon monoxide emissions, so you can feel a whole lot safer when your furnace is maintained.

Improves Home Comfort

Neglected HVAC systems often lead to stuffy interiors and hot and cold pockets throughout the home. Your technician can address any comfort complaints you have, recommend solutions to improve airflow and temperature variations, and control humidity.

Increases Home Safety

When you seal your home tightly against the winter cold, you want to know your indoor air is safe and clean. Winter is a peak season for carbon monoxide poisoning. And ill maintained furnaces are a common culprit. During a tune-up, your technician will check for gas leaks, assess CO levels, and take other steps to make sure the unit is operating as safely as possible all winter long. You and your family deserve that peace of mind!

An Annual Tune Up Extends the Life of Your System

Seasonal maintenance helps to prolong the life of your equipment. All the important inner workings of your equipment are checked, cleaned and maintained. As mentioned, this is the time to find any tiny issues and remedy them before they become larger ones that are more difficult to fix. Furnaces should last at least 10 to 15 years. However, neglected systems often fail sooner than this, meaning you’ll have the expensive cost of premature replacement to deal with. On the other hand, routine maintenance improves the chance that your unit will last even longer than its projected lifespan. You’ll be able to confidently depend on it – heating season after heating season.

Call Levco for All Your HVAC Service Needs!

Whatever your service needs or what type of equipment you have in your home, Levco technicians are among the elite in the industry. Whether it’s an annual tune up or a fuel delivery, we’re ready to service or maintain your system for optimum performance. Give us a call at (203) 533-8249 or contact us today!

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