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By Joanna Brown
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Posted 9/21/23

As with most home appliances, your furnace is likely to run stronger and longer with routine maintenance. A fall furnace tuneup is the easiest way to keep yours running optimally, especially as the temperature drops.

Fall is the perfect time to schedule your annual furnace maintenance in between heating and cooling seasons. In fact, many HVAC professionals offer fall tuneup specials.

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What is included in furnace maintenance?

A furnace maintenance appointment is like an annual checkup for your furnace. An HVAC technician comes to your home and ensures your heating equipment is working properly.

During the appointment, your technician tests the furnace’s components. They adjust, clean, and lubricate parts as needed. If the technician detects any potential issues, they’ll recommend repairs.

Furnace maintenance checklist

Typically, an HVAC technician includes the following in a furnace tune up checklist:

Furnace maintenance cost

According to HomeAdvisor, most furnace checkup appointments cost between $50-100. If you subscribe to a particular HVAC company’s maintenance plan, they should cover these appointments for a free or reduced cost. 

If your technician identifies an issue with the system, you will have to pay for that in addition to the maintenance appointment. Check out our research on average furnace repair costs.

Routine furnace maintenance steps

How to prepare for furnace maintenance

Book an appointment window that allows you to be home for up to 90 minutes. While most furnace tuneups take less than an hour, you’ll want additional time in case repairs are needed.

Clear furniture and other clutter from around your furnace, thermostat, air register, and air vents. Your tech will need to access these spaces.

Secure pets, as your technician may be in and out of your home. Keep pets in their crate or in a closed room.

Ask about costs and payment methods when you schedule the appointment. Be prepared to pay at the conclusion of the appointment.

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How often do I need to get furnace maintenance?

You should schedule furnace maintenance annually. It’s best to book it in the early fall before the weather cools down enough to turn your furnace on.

Getting your furnace checked before heating season will ensure its efficient and safe operation throughout the winter. It will help you proactively address any potential problems that may cause a breakdown during the coldest months.

While you’re using your furnace, there are some DIY maintenance tasks you can do every month or so to ensure it continues to run at its best.

DIY furnace maintenance tips

In between professional furnace tune-ups, there are a few DIY steps you should take to keep your system heating comfortably through the winter months.

💨 Change your furnace filter every 3 months.
🍁 Clear your furnace flue of obstructions like leaves or snow regularly.
🎄 Make sure flammable objects, like your Christmas tree, don’t block your vents.
🔋 Check and replace your thermostat battery as needed.
🧹 Clean your ductwork and vents as needed.
🪟 Seal any air leaks, especially around windows and doors.

What is the lifetime of a furnace?

Most furnaces last for 15-20 years. With proper maintenance and gentle usage, some furnaces may live for up to 40 years. However, they likely won’t function at their most efficient in the later years.

Why do I need furnace maintenance?

Furnace maintenance is important for a number of reasons:

🌲 It can extend your furnace’s useful life.
🌎 It can improve energy efficiency.
⚠️ It can postpone larger-scale repairs.
❄️ It can mitigate breakdowns in the coldest parts of the year.
🛟 It can keep your family safe by detecting and eliminating fire or carbon monoxide hazards.

Keep your home safe and comfortable this winter by scheduling your furnace maintenance appointment this fall.

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