Ensure your family’s comfort during the frigid winter months with 24-hour services from Horizon. We offer dependable furnace tune-up services and have restored heating to residential and commercial properties throughout Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Northeastern Maryland. We will do the same for you too!Don’t ignore the warning signs. When your furnace isn’t operating as efficiently as it used to, contact Horizon Services for an immediate and efficient furnace tune-up or cleaning. Give our team of technicians a call by phone at 1-800-642-4419 to receive assistance with a malfunctioning furnace. If you need further furnace services, we also offer 24-hour furnace repair and furnace replacement. With Horizon technicians at the helm, you’ll never be caught in the cold again.
When Should You Have Your Furnace Serviced?
Ensuring that your furnace is working well is important for your comfort and the comfort of your family. Regular maintenance services can help you avoid stressful furnace breakdowns and expensive repairs. At Horizon Services, we recommend that homeowners schedule a once-annual furnace tune-up, ideally in the late summer or fall before the coldest months of the year have begun. This can help you avoid major problems with your furnace and it can even help you save on energy costs by ensuring that your heating system is working at optimal efficiency.
Ensure optimal operation of your furnace with regular maintenance. Though there are several aspects of furnace tune-ups, a qualified HVAC technician will likely prioritize these four processes:
1. Cleaning the Flame Sensor
When working properly, a flame sensor is responsible for keeping burners ignited. It also ensures the gas burners in your furnace remain off until heating is initiated. However, when this component is dirty, it doesn’t sense the presence of a flame which causes your furnace to power down. To clean the flame sensor, your technician will power down the area and carefully remove it from its secure location.
After removing the flame sensor, your HVAC technician will use a wire brush to remove caked-on grime and dirt. Once excess char is removed, the technician will reinstall the sensor in its original place and test its functionality. We offer furnace tune-up solutions in areas such as Camden, Upper Darby, Wilmington, Columbia, and Trenton. Our technicians will perform a variety of tests to ensure your flame sensor is working correctly.
2. Heat Exchanger Inspection
This is a very tricky part of your heating system and should be handled by a professional. During a routine furnace tune-up or cleaning appointment, inspecting the heat exchanger consists of turning off all power and assessing the furnace’s mechanical components. Carbon buildup and broken or damaged parts all impact the performance of the heat exchanger.
Our team may need to remove additional parts, such as the blower and burner, to get a better view. A broken heat exchanger can be very expensive. If there is significant damage, replacing your furnace could be the most cost-effective solution. Seek the advice of a professional technician before making any decisions.
3. Blower Motor Maintenance
Your furnace’s blower motor is responsible for spreading warm air produced in the furnace throughout the interior of your home. To test the condition of your blower, a certified contractor will conduct a furnace tune-up and shut off the power. Next, the technician will check the aspects of the blower motor such as the fan wheel, fan blades, pulleys, and belts.
If dirty or damaged, your technician will clean or replace the component. Our certified technicians provide furnace cleaning and maintenance solutions in locations such as Newark, Allentown, Edison, Baltimore, Upper Darby, Wilmington, and Silver Spring. To increase the efficiency of your system, our team will oil your blower motor to help it operate smoothly.
4. Evaluate Controls & Electrical
Worn electrical components will impact your furnace’s ability to function properly. It may also cause an electrical fire.
A certified technician will turn off all power to your furnace before assessing the electrical connections of the heating elements. He’ll ensure that the connections are tight and wires are free from debris and dirt. Any faulty parts will need to be replaced right away.
Additional electrical components that may be tested include:
- Temperature sensor
- Multi-speed fan
The electrical and wiring components are very dangerous parts of your furnace and should always be handled by a professional.
What Furnace Maintenance & Tune-Ups Include
The team of certified technicians at Horizon will complete the following tests to ensure your furnace is operating efficiently and safely.
- Test startup functions
- Inspect, clean, or replace the air filter
- Failing or broken components
- Assess all safety mechanisms
- Oil motorized components
- Replace cracked belts
- Examine heat exchanger, ensuring no corrosion
- Check HVAC system and intake grilles, removing debris
- Inspect blower motor and associated parts
- Calibrate and test the thermostat for accuracy and efficiency
- Ensure electrical components are in working order
- Issues that inhibit performance/efficiency
If you have a gas or oil furnace in your home or business, a certified technician will also evaluate:
- Gas pressure
- Fuel lines
- Burner and pilot
Be sure to have your furnace tune-up every six months to ensure optimal function year-round. If your heating system is malfunctioning, contact a Horizon Services HVAC technician for an immediate evaluation. When left unresolved, issues with your furnace may result in fluctuating temperatures, inconsistent heat cycles, discomfort, or even a fire.
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.
Give our team a call by phone at 1-800-642-4419 to schedule a furnace tune-up or maintenance appointment. Our team will inspect your heating system and diagnose issues.