How Often Do I Need a Furnace Tune Up in Milwaukee Winters?
Asking if furnace cleaning is really necessary is comparable to questioning your routine teeth cleanings, medical checkups, or oil changes. Nonetheless, this question is still common and valid – but the bigger question is how often should you furnace be inspected? You should schedule furnace maintenance service roughly every 12 months to keep operating costs low and HVAC warrantees active.
4 Times to Schedule Furnace Maintenance Service
If you’re one of the many who faithfully schedule their annual furnace inspection and cleaning, the following warning signs shouldn’t be a concern. But, if you’ve neglected to have your heating system professionally cleaned and inspected from top to bottom, the following are signs you need a furnace tune up – maybe even replacement if your equipment is over 15 years old.
Heat Bills are Ridiculous
Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 42% of your utility bill. So, when it comes to ways to save money on heat bills, furnace maintenance tops the list. Assuming you’re not heating the outdoors, the average* Milwaukee area heat bill during winter months, in a modest size single family home is around $100-$130 a month. Now, because your home may be bigger, smaller, more or less active, better insulated, etc., this number may not be an accurate gauge to determine if your heat bills are ridiculous. But, if you haven’t had your furnace cleaned in years, you can bet they are.
You Need Frequent Furnace Repairs
Well maintained equipment shouldn’t need frequent furnace repairs. If you’re calling for furnace repair services a few times a year, a head to toe inspection and cleaning of your furnace should resolve these ongoing repairs.
Truth be told, Capital Heating & Cooling provides a full system diagnostic with our furnace repair services. Which means similar to a furnace tune-up, we scan the system top to bottom to identify the problem and identify any related parts that may be close to failure. Now, reactive furnace repair services shouldn’t replace your preventative HVAC maintenance, but it helps to know we’ve got your back.
Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Strange sounds when you turn your home’s heating system on are an indicator something needs adjustment and/or a repair. Whether it’s a worn out fan belt or a part that needs oil, a furnace maintenance checklist should cover a laundry list of important tasks such as cleaning & tightening electrical connections, lubricating moving parts, inspecting fan motor and blower assembly.
Furnace is Not Working Right
Common furnace troubles like short cycling or your furnace leaking water is frequently due to lack of maintenance and is a good indicator that something clogged ie. condensate drain and/or the air filter.
Scheduling Furnace Maintenance -Pop Quiz
So, what’s expensive, high maintenance, loud or whiny, and has unpredictable behavior? (Men, put your hands down.) Yes, it’s a neglected furnace! To schedule furnace maintenance in Milwaukee & surrounding areas, call 414.384.4822 of contact us online.