We don’t think about our heating and cooling system until it’s needed and then something inevitably goes wrong. If you have never scheduled your system for a tune-up, you may be thinking that it’s just an extra service that you don’t need. But the truth is that tune-ups can help your heating system run more efficiently which saves you money in the long-run.
One reason people tend to put off servicing their system is that it costs more money upfront, and a lot of the services that are provided are preventative. However, a system that is clean and well-maintained uses less energy overall, lowering the heating bills that come in at the end of the month. Some things that are included in a service tune-up include:
Vacuum the vents and fan blowers
Lubricate the moving parts
Inspect belts for signs of wear
Inspect pilots and piping
When a service technician performs a tune-up, he or she looks for wear and tear on belts and loose parts because they can quickly be fixed before they cause a more substantial problem requiring a repair or replacement. The vibration of the motor can cause some parts to become loose, but a quick turn with a wrench solves the problem and prevents any damage from occurring down the line.
When dirt and dust clog the air vents and fans, it makes the system work harder to maintain the temperature set by the thermostat. This puts additional and unnecessary stress on the system causing it to break down prematurely. You might save a couple of dollars now, but you’ll end up having to replace your system sooner than necessary.
The winter heating season is right around the corner. Contact Hoffman Cooling & Heating to find out more about seasonal tune-ups. We’ve been servicing the Minneapolis and St. Paul regions for over 70 years and know how to handle every problem we encounter.