How Long Does a Furnace Tune-Up Take?

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It’s been hot this summer! While you might think your air conditioner maintenance is a priority right now, it’s actually your furnace you should start thinking about. The end of summer is the perfect time to schedule your seasonal fall tune-up with Novak Heating and Cooling.

The HVAC experts at Novak are here to answer all of your questions about your furnace tune-up, such as what’s included with it, how much it costs and how long it takes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Furnace Tune-Ups

A furnace is a complicated HVAC system that you don’t want to stop working when it’s the coldest day of the year outside. That’s why the technicians at Novak are Cedar Rapids’ go-to experts for all things HVAC. 

Why Should I Have My Furnace Tuned-Up?

Having your furnace tuned up on a regular basis is a preventative measure. You want to make sure that you have your furnace tuned up before you turn your heat on for the first time in the fall. This way if there is an issue with your furnace, it’s fixed and running efficiently before you start relying on it for heat in the winter.

If your furnace does break down and it’s covered under warranty, your manufacturer may want to see service records. If you haven’t had your furnace regularly serviced, your claim might not be covered. 

How Often Should I Have My Furnace Tuned-Up?

Your furnace should be tuned-up every year in the late summer or heating season. Our tune-up schedule fills up fast! Calling now seems silly when it’s so hot outside, but there’s a good chance we might not be able to come out until colder temperatures start creeping in. Then you’ll be glad you called so early.

How Long Does a Furnace Tune-Up Take?

A furnace tune-up can take between an hour and a half to two hours. But it mostly depends on the age of your furnace. If they find you need more substantial repairs, it may take longer. However, if your furnace is new and in a clean location, it could take less time. 

What’s Included with a Furnace Tune-Up?

Here’s what’s included in a tune-up:

  • Clean and calibrate the thermostat
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Clean and adjust burners and controls
  • Check for leaks in the heat exchanger
  • Clean and adjust the pilot assembly
  • Vacuum the furnace interior
  • Check belts and adjust the tension
  • Clean and adjust the fan control
  • Inspect your air filter and flue pipe
  • Check carbon monoxide levels when your furnace is running to ensure there are no carbon monoxide leaks

If we find anything out of the ordinary, we will let you know and suggest the best course of action. 

Can I Do My Furnace Tune-Up Myself?

If you’d like to save some money, you can try to tune up your furnace yourself. However, we’re professionals for a reason. We’re prepared for every contingency and have every part and tool we need handy. Furnace  tune-ups aren’t a clean or easy chore. But in the end, most homeowners agree that it isn’t worth it to do it yourself. 

What If I Forget to Schedule My Furnace Tune-Up?

No matter what season, scheduling a furnace tune-up is a great idea. However, if that’s one thing you don’t want to have to keep reminding yourself to do, let us remember for you. Sign up for one of our Worry-Free Maintenance Contracts. We’ll give you reduced rates on spring and fall service calls and priority scheduling. Never forget an annual furnace tune-up again!

Schedule Your Furnace Tune-Up With Novak Today

Don’t wait until your heat doesn’t turn on this winter! The heating, cooling and indoor air quality technicians at Novak are here to help! Contact us today if you have more questions about furnace maintenance and then schedule your fall tune-up.