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Prep Tips and What to Expect from Fall Furnace Tune-Ups, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial preparation steps you can take to ensure a fall furnace tune-up goes smoothly and according to plan. These tune-ups are vital for preparing your furnace and HVAC system for the upcoming winter, ensuring it’s ready to handle the highest-stress points of the year.

At Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air, we provide a variety of plumbing and heating services, from tankless water heaters to yearly inspections and much more. In part two of our series today, we’ll go over a few areas to check on before your inspection, plus what you can expect during the appointment itself.

Check Electricity and Furnace Switch

One basic task to attend to before your technician arrives is ensuring the furnace has the proper electricity in place powering it. You can do this simply by switching your thermostat from the AUTO setting to the ON setting, which forces the fan to flip on – as long as this happens promptly, you’re all set. If it doesn’t, the furnace could have a power supply issue you should raise with your technician.

In addition, ensure the furnace power switch is working. You can find this either on the furnace itself or on a wall nearby. Flip it and wait a few minutes to see if it helps turn the furnace on.

Vent Blockage Risks

In many homes, furnace vents will reach out to the side of the home. In these situations, it’s possible for blockages to occur that keep intake or exhaust from being able to flow properly. Do a basic check on your vent exterior to ensure there are no leaves, nests or other debris in the way.

Condensate Drainage

Furnaces drain a significant amount of water each day, and for this they require a condensate drainage line. If these lines clog up, they can cause the furnace to function improperly or even shut itself off. Ensure these lines are clear.

Themes to Expect

Once you’ve done all of the above, you’re prepared for a breeze of a furnace tune-up. Here are some general themes to expect once our technician arrives:

  • Inspection: A tune-up will include a full inspection of all the relevant components of the furnace, ducts and any related areas. This is where our tech will get an idea of any minor issues taking place or components beginning to wear down.
  • Pilot and gas pressure: Your technician will also evaluate and potentially correct the pilot and gas pressure in your system.
  • Lubrication: Many parts of the furnace and HVAC system require lubrication to reduce friction, and we’ll ensure all parts have the proper quantities.
  • Filters: We’ll also replace your furnace filter and offer recommendations on future replacement frequency.
  • Report: Finally, we’ll leave you with a written analysis reporting on your tune-up, including any minor repairs that were made and any recommendations for the upcoming year.

For more on what to expect and how to prepare for a fall furnace tune-up, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air today.