What is the Best Time of Year to Get a Furnace Tune-up? (and other important Q&As)

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There’s no bad time to get your furnace inspected—ideally though before any cold weather hits. It is good idea to do it AFTER a season of use, since much of the maintenance is based on what the homeowner notices while using it. You’ll have plenty of time to get any repairs done or replace it before the first frost.

Morning with the familyWhy is it important to have regular furnace tune-ups?

When thinking of home maintenance, having a furnace tune-up may not be top-of-mind. Though much like a car, if you ignore it, a lot more things tend to break down, and repair costs could quickly start to add up. You get an oil change for your car whenever you need it, since you know that it will prolong the life of your car. Furnace maintenance is the same.

I just had a new furnace installed last year. Does it need a tune-up?

Many people think that if they put in a new system, they don’t need regular maintenance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Records of regular maintenance validates your current or extended manufacturer’s warranty and preserves the longevity of your new furnace.

How long does a furnace tune-up take?

Furnace tune-ups generally take about an hour to complete. Taking the time that is necessary to have a scheduled tune-up, even if it is working fine, will save you time, stress, and money in the long run.

What are the benefits of regular furnace tune-ups?

  • Reduce your energy bill by up to 30%
  • Your furnace will last longer
  • Prevent major breakdowns
  • Maintain your warranty
  • Will help keep your family safe and warm

How will a furnace tune-up keep me safe?

Furnaces produce heat through burning fuel, and it is important to ensure that this combustion process is efficient. A problem in the system could potentially cause a gas leak which can be very dangerous. An unchecked furnace also runs the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. Having annual furnace check-ups can detect any of these potential health and safety risks.

What can I expect from a furnace tune-up?

Qualified furnace technicians will run through a diagnostics and safety checklist covering everything from CO emissions, thermostats, fans, leakages, as well as checking and lubricating any moving parts. A full inspection is performed to check all working parts of your furnace and duct system. Any concerns will be addressed at this time.

Is there anything I can do to prolong the life of my furnace?

Along with scheduling regular furnace tune-ups, you can ensure your system is running as it should by:

  1. Replace your 1” furnace filter every 90 days.
  2. Replace your 4” or 5” furnace filter 1-2x per year – depending on household habits.
  3. Checking your thermostat and replacing its battery regularly.
  4. Making sure your air vents are open.

How long can I expect my furnace to last?

Depending on use, with regular maintenance you can expect your furnace to run between 10 to 15 years. One of the main reasons for early replacement is poor maintenance.

If you’re in the market for a furnace tune-up, contact us today for a quote!

Roger Grochmal

Roger Grochmal

Roger Grochmal is one of Canada’s leading heating and cooling experts. A professional engineer and MBA, Roger brings over 35 years of experience to bear as the CEO and Chairman of AtlasCare Heating + Cooling. He is a frequent contributor to Mechanical Business magazine and an active member of multiple industry associations, including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).

Since acquiring AtlasCare in 1986, Roger has shaped the company into what many consider to be the finest HVAC contractor in the Greater Toronto Area.
Roger Grochmal

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