Stay Warm with Reliable Heating System Maintenance
A full heating tune-up can help to ensure that your system is working properly. Our skilled technicians offer heating maintenance and tune-up services for homes in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the surrounding cities. Scheduling a heating system maintenance service once every year, ideally before the colder months begin, can help you avoid major problems that may require emergency services.
Additionally, routine maintenance can help ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible and may even extend the life of your heating system! When the time comes for a heater tune-up, call on the experts at Horizon Services. For nearly 30 years, we’ve been offering top-quality services at affordable rates. When you make an appointment for heating maintenance, our technicians will arrive on-time, ready to get to work.
Money-Back Guarantee on Our Heater Tune-Ups
We offer some of the best parts and labor warranties in the industry, as well as a money-back guarantee on heating system tune-ups. If your heating system breaks down after our heater tune-up for any reason during the season, we will either credit the cost of the tune-up toward any needed repairs or refund your money with no questions asked!
We implement advanced techniques and utilize state-of-the-art tools when carrying out our heating tune-up services. Our technicians can inspect your heating system for potential problems, efficiency issues, and health risks associated with a broken or improperly working system. We will make sure that your heating system is working as it should all winter long!
Advantages of a Heating System Tune-Up
There are many reasons you may want to schedule annual maintenance services with our team.
Some of the benefits of regular heating system tune-ups include:
- Increased efficiency of your system
- Lower energy bills
- Improved health and safety
- Decreased risk of system breakdowns
- Reduced need for emergency repairs
- Greater peace of mind
We recommend that you schedule your heating system maintenance service in the fall, as a pre-cold season tune-up can help you avoid a malfunctioning heater when you need it most. At Horizon Services, we proudly offer outstanding maintenance services at affordable rates. Our clean, friendly technicians are fully background checked and drug tested for your security and we offer no surprise, upfront pricing in writing for every service we provide.
7 Important Steps of a Furnace Tune-Up
There are many significant variables that go into a furnace tune-up. Gone are the days of simply taking out the pilot burner and removing the rusty front of the main burners with a wire brush. These days, a thorough heating system tune-up requires an in-depth inspection and procedures to ensure your system performs to the highest standard. Here 7 important steps of heating system maintenance solutions.
1. Use an Ohmmeter to Perform an Audit of the Igniter
One thing you must do to extend the lifespan of your furnace is to measure the resistance through the igniter. If your furnace comes equipped with a silicon nitride igniter, you should see anywhere from 11 to 17 ohms. However, if the furnace comes equipped with a carbide igniter, you should see 50 to 100 ohms.
Are the readings anywhere outside of these parameters? This means that it may be time to hire a certified technician to replace the ignitor and perform a furnace tune-up. When checking the ignitors, always test the ignitor when it’s cold and the furnace is not on.
2. Clean the Gas Burners
Contaminated and misaligned gas burners are one of the top reasons for system failure. It’s important to inspect your furnace system burners to ensure they are free from debris that may hinder the flow of air or gas. Our professionals offer comprehensive heating tune-up services for homeowners in areas such as Allentown, Haverford, Wilmington, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Trenton. Our team clean the burners in your furnace to prevent a system failure during the winter season.
Our technicians may use a bristle brush to to remove excess soot or rust from your burner’s face. In addition, we may utilize dry nitrogen or air pressure to blow out the burners or burner vestibule in your heating system. However, if your burners are severely rusted, you will need to get a burner replacement.
3. Perform a Combustion Inspection
A combustion analysis is an examination that carefully tests the heat exchanger of your furnace to make sure that it’s working properly. This analysis is the only test that can truly identify safe operations which makes these significant steps to a safe furnace tune-up.
Although most technicians will do a visual inspection, this does not reveal hairline cracks that lead to monoxide leaks in your furnace system. Typically, combustion analysis starts while outside the home for proper calibration. From there, when starting the furnace, the technician will measure and record the highest CO level during the first 60 seconds of operation and move further to detect whether to see the CO level of your furnace. If your CO starts to slowly climb during furnace run cycles, this is a sign of a safety issue.
4. Inspect the Heat Exchanger for Deterioration & Damage
Although a complete analysis should be used to detect your furnace system for hairline cracks, a visual inspection should always be a definite part of your tune up process. Visual inspections, with the uses of cameras and dye penetration inspection systems, can inspect the metal flue for holes, and rust to ensure it’s working properly.
5. Inspect the Flame Sensor
Check the multimeter in sequence with the sensor wire and the flame sensor; activate the furnace in a heat cycle. The readings should be anywhere from 1.5 to 4 uA. Please note that it’s to check your system’s manual before testing (some control systems will only need a 0.5 uA). If your sensor tests less than 1uA, or 0.5 uA depending on the system, you’ll start to notice sensing problems with your furnace system, until it fails altogether.
6. Check & Modify the Natural Gas Pressure
To best measure a the gas pressure in a furnace, our professionals will clock the meter to make sure that the orifice is the proper size. From there, you can set the correct gas pressure. In their installation manual, furnace manufacturers typically detail a range of 3.2 to 3.8-in. As it usually isn’t very easy to have the proper assortment of burner orifices, you can typically achieve proper combustion for maximum safety and efficiency by adjusting the gas pressure.
7. Perform an Audit for Gas Leaks
Utilize either soap bubbles or an electronic leak detector to check for gas leaks. Please keep in mind that electronic leak detectors will generate a false-positive depending on the pipe brand of pipe dope and soap bubbles.
7 Important Steps of a Heat Pump Tune-Up
The more efficient your heat pump system is, the more money you’ll save on the monthly energy bill. And how might you ensure the performance of your system? By scheduling regular HVAC and heat pump tune ups. Performing a precise inspection at least twice a year (once before the winter and right before the summer) is highly crucial to the condition of your system. Similar to what’s included in an HVAC tune-up, here are seven important steps that must occur during your heat pump tune-up.
1. Swap the Air Filters
Changing or cleaning your air filters is essential during a heat pump tune up. It’s important to check air filters frequently for built up dirt and grime to eliminate blockage that might hinder airflow.
If it’s a disposable filter, replacing it at the time your furnace manual says to is the best way to keep your system running smoothly. For washable filters, simply take out the filters, wash them, and place them back.
2. Measure Airflow Levels
To maintain the right balance, a certified technician will need to measure the airflow of your system during a tune up.
You may not know this, but the way air flows through a heat pump system impacts your monthly energy bill.
It’s important that the air flows in the right amount. If too much air flows, you may experience severe humidity issues with your furnace; if too little, your coils may freeze, affecting how your heat pump performs. Both variables could cause extensive damage to your compressor. That’s why it’s important for a technician to measure the airflow and ensure that it’s working effectively.
3. Analyze Electrical Connections
It is important to inspect all electrical connections in your system to ensure they are working to the best standard. Our team of heating contractors provide reputable heating maintenance services in Allentown, PA and have the equipment necessary to inspect the electrical connections in your HVAC system.
Faulty electrical connections can be hazardous for the safety and wellbeing of your furnace system and family. This is why it is important for a certified technician to inspect the wiring and tighten any loose parts that could cause malfunctions.
4. Lubricate Moving Components
Inspect all moving components of your heat pump system, and make sure each part is properly lubricated. Moving heat pump parts rub up against each other, and if not lubricated, could lead to harmful friction inside the motor. This, in turn, can make your heat pump system overwork itself, increasing the monthly energy bill. If you need assistance lubricating the parts in your heat pump, give our team a call to book an appointment. We offer heat pump and furnace services for small to large homes.
5. Inspect the Condensate Drain
Especially when moving to warmer weather, checking the condensate drain is necessary for a quality tune up inspection. A blocked condensate drain can cause extensive water damage to surrounding objects, affect the humidity levels in your home, and lead to major malfunction within your heat pump.
Ensuring that your drain is clear will allow your system to perform at the highest level, and will mitigate your energy bill.
6. Check the Evaporator & Condenser Coils
Although they seem like small components of your system, the evaporators and condenser coils significantly impact energy costs as well as your system’s efficiency. If your evaporator and condenser coils are dirty, this means your furnace system must overwork itself.
The evaporator and condenser coils must be properly inspected and thoroughly sanitized to ensure the lifespan and efficiency of your heating system.
7. Perform Audit of Thermostat Settings
And of course, you must not forget the thermostat setting. Either you or a technician can set the thermostat to a level that operates efficiently while you’re at home, and will adjust accordingly, when out of town to save energy.
Checking the thermostat manual can help you best decide how to set your thermostat to benefit your home and energy bill.
Comprehensive Heater Tune-Up Services in Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland
We are proud to offer complete heating system tune-up services to families in areas such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, and Maryland. Our skilled technicians undergo extensive technical training every year to ensure that they are capable of handling any heating maintenance service you may require.
We Offer Heating System Tune-Ups For the Following and More:
- Electric furnaces Tune Up
- Gas furnaces Tune Up
- Heat Pumps Tune Up
- Boilers Tune Up
Providing the Peace of Mind Your Family Needs
At Horizon Services, we strive to provide all of our customers with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have a skilled team on-call to perform fast heat pump and furnace tune-up services. We have more than 300 fully stocked trucks ready to go at a moment’s notice. Our Horizon technicians undergo rigorous training, including a mandatory 150 hours of training every year, to ensure that they’re always up to date on the latest techniques and HVAC technology.
Plus, we perform extensive background checks, including drug and criminal checks, on all of our employees so you don’t have to worry about letting a stranger into your home when your AC breaks down in the middle of the night. When you’re dealing with a heating emergency, trust the experts at Horizon Services!
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.