Are you ready to get to the bottom of your furnace problems? Eanes Home Comfort is here to help. Our team of certified technicians will visit your home to perform a thorough inspection and address any issues you have. With quality work and customer satisfaction as our top priorities, you can trust us to get the job done right.
Why You Should Schedule Furnace Maintenance & Tune-Ups in North Carolina
Routine maintenance and tune-ups don’t seem very important until your furnace starts having problems. We recommend scheduling these services at least once annually to avoid costly repairs and replacements in the first place and keep your home warm all winter long.
How to Maintain Your Furnace
Maintaining your furnace is easier than it may seem. Whether you make it a DIY project or hire an Eanes technician to take care of it for you, every furnace maintenance check should consist of the following four steps.
- Clean the flame sensor
- Inspect the heat exchanger
- Check the blower motor
- Evaluate controls & electrical components
6 Benefits of Furnace Maintenance
Peak Energy Efficiency
Furnaces that aren’t maintained well must work harder to produce adequate heat, which requires more energy. On the other hand, furnaces that are maintained well get the air filter replacements and part repairs they need to operate with minimal energy consumption.
Monthly Cost Savings
Energy-efficient furnaces require less energy to operate. The less energy your furnace uses, the lower your monthly energy bill will be.
Well-maintained furnaces last longer than ones that aren’t maintained frequently or at all. That means you can wait longer before replacing the unit.
Optimal Air Quality
Replace the air filter every one to three months to keep the air free from contaminants like dust, dander, and bacteria.
Gas furnaces are susceptible to carbon monoxide leaks, which can cause health issues and even death if left untreated. Routine maintenance catches these leaks before they become harmful. It also prevents pipes from freezing, bursting, and creating costly water damage during cold winter months.
Preserve Your Warranty
Most furnace warranties require some level of routine maintenance to remain valid. Keeping the warranty updated will save you money on potential maintenance, repairs, and replacements.
How Often Should Your Furnace Be Serviced?
Schedule maintenance before the cold weather strikes so your furnace is prepared for when it does. Check out our complete furnace maintenance checklist:
- Clean or replace air filters
- Clear space around the outside unit
- Clean the gas valve
- Clean the evaporator and condenser coils
- Check the electrical wiring
- Clean the ductwork
- Check for gas leaks
- Apply lubricant to each internal part
- Check the fan belt
What Furnace Maintenance & Tune-Ups Include
Electric furnace maintenance and tune-ups include the following services:
- Test startup functions
- Inspect, clean, or replace the air filter
- Failing or broken components
- Assess all safety mechanisms
- Oil motorized components
- Replace cracked belts
- Examine the heat exchanger
- Check the HVAC system and intake grilles to remove debris
- Inspect the blower motor and associated parts
- Calibrate and test the thermostat for accuracy and efficiency
- Ensure electrical components are in working order
- Issues that inhibit performance/efficiency
Gas and oil furnace maintenance and tune-ups include the above services, along with an evaluation of the following:
- Gas pressure
- Fuel lines
- Burner and pilot light
Premium Furnace Maintenance Services
Do you need to schedule furnace maintenance in Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina? Look no further than the heating professionals at Eanes Home Comfort. As a form of preventative care, furnace maintenance helps address problems before they happen—which keeps you comfortable and saves you money all year long.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards?
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.