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What Does a Heating Tune-Up Require?

servicing-furnaceWhen winter hits Iowa, you want your heater to jump into the fray without so much as a moment’s hesitation. In this day and age, with all of the technology available and years of development behind us, there is really no excuse for putting up with a subpar performance from our home heating systems. Even still, some homeowners that actually have great heating systems are dealing with many performance issues, from the subtle to the extremely disruptive. In a lot of cases, this is due to subpar heater maintenance.

Scheduling routine heating maintenance in Indianola, IA is, without question, the best way in which to keep your heater functioning at peak performance and efficiency levels. You’d think that hearing time and time again that regular maintenance means paying less for a better heating performance would be enough to convince homeowners to stay on top of it. Some still fail to grasp how important this service is, though, so let’s take a look at what actually happens during a heating tune-up.

What You Can Do

Let us start this by stating in no uncertain terms that routine heating maintenance completed by a trained professional is an absolute necessity. No matter how handy you are, and no matter how many online tutorials you may watch, the fact is that only skilled and experienced technicians possess the knowledge and expertise required to tune up a heating system thoroughly and successfully. In fact, attempting to service your system on your own could result in the voiding of warranties.  That being said,  there are a few steps that you can take on your own.

First of all, if using a forced air heater such as a heat pump or a furnace,  be sure to keep a fresh air filter in place. A dirty filter can cause a lot of problems, including increased operating costs, reduced airflow, and even short cycling. If you do use a heat pump, make sure that you keep the outdoor unit free of debris, as well.

What We Can Do

The list of what our technicians will do for  you during routine heating maintenance is much longer. A partial checklist may include the following,  though certain systems may have tasks specific to their particular design.

  1. Test amperage/voltage.
  2. Test airflow.
  3. Check all electrical contacts.
  4. Clean cabinet.
  5. Clean condensate assembly (heat pumps).
  6. Lubricate all moving parts as needed.
  7. Check refrigerant levels (heat pumps).
  8. Visually inspect ductwork.
  9. Test thermostat.
  10. Check all safety features, such as the thermocouple.

It is actually a pretty big job, but one that easily justifies its minor expense in pursuit of the greater good: a dependable, effective, and efficient heating system! Plus, our own maintenance program makes things even easier for you, while also offering many benefits. These include additional discounts,  overnight guarantees, 24-hour response time, priority service, and much more. Be sure to contact us with any questions that you may have, and remember that we’re here to keep your furnace running properly.

Schedule your heating maintenance with Schaal Heating and Cooling.

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