How Often Should You Tune Up Your Furnace?

September 30, 2020

Between pro lawn applications and raking, you probably do a lot to prepare your yard for colder weather. In your home, your furnace is similar. It also needs upkeep to keep it operating correctly during the fall and winter.

But how frequently should you service your furnace in Front Royal? What if it’s new? Or operating well? Is maintenance necessary then? Let’s review why furnace maintenance is important and how often you should schedule it.

Why Furnace Maintenance is Important

Your furnace is crucial to keeping your residence cozy during the winter. When it’s well-maintained, you’ll get dependable, efficient warmth. If you regularly neglect maintenance, your furnace can become dirty. This can make your furnace work more than it needs to and, because of that, increase your heating costs. Skipping maintenance can also cause your furnace to break down, sticking you with expensive repair bills that could have been preventable in most outcomes.

One of the most important steps you can do on your own is regularly changing your furnace’s air filter. When your filter gets dusty, your furnace may start doing something known as short cycling, where it flips on and off more frequently to prevent overheating. Not only does this affect your utility expenses, it also affects your furnace’s lifetime since it’s working more frequently.

If you have a flat filter, we suggest replacing it at the very least every 30 days. Pleated filters can last up to three months. A simple approach to check whether you need to get a fresh filter is by removing it and moving it toward the light. If you don’t notice light through it, you should get a fresh one.

However, how frequently you should replace your filter is dependent upon how regularly your furnace heats, if you have dogs or cats and if anyone in your home suffers from allergies. The Dave's Diversified Services pros can help if you don’t know how often you should replace your filter or what the right type is for your furnace.

How Regularly You Should Schedule Furnace Maintenance

We recommend doing furnace maintenance in Front Royal annually, ideally during the time between air conditioning and heating time. This will provide you a head start just in case you require any repairs and will ensure you receive stress-free heat throughout the winter. It also keeps your manufacturer’s warranty intact, which is important if you have a new furnace.

Other than replacing your air filter and keeping your register grates free of buildup, we don’t advise trying furnace maintenance yourself. Your furnace is a detailed appliance that needs assistance from a heating and cooling professional. All our friendly Dave's Diversified Services professionals have undergone thorough education to better help you. They’re also completely licensed and insured, providing you peace of mind that your heating system is in experienced hands.

Here are some of services we’ll perform on our maintenance visit:

  • Inspect critical parts of your furnace, such as the heat exchanger, blower and burner.
  • Clean the inside of your furnace, in addition to the flame sensor, burner and blower.
  • Look at the flue to ensure it’s venting properly.
  • Examine total furnace performance for safety and top heating.

Today is a great time to request your furnace maintenance appointment with Dave's Diversified Services. Our professionals are here to help you have a worry-free winter with energy-efficient warmth. Contact us at 540-369-3971 to book your appointment now, and don’t forget to view our offers for select discounts on your next maintenance appointment.