Why it Pays to Tune Up Your Heating System

Summer is winding down, and cool temperatures are right around the corner. For many homeowners, the change in seasons means it’s time to start thinking about additional home maintenance tasks before the mercury drops.


When there’s a chill in the air, the last thing you want to deal with is a broken heating system. So, one of the most important things you can do to help keep your home comfortable this winter is scheduling a heating tune-up service. You should plan on these annually, and try to get them on the calendar at the end of summer or the very beginning of fall. Doing so can save you money and frustration.

But what exactly are the benefits of a heating tune-up? Read on to find out.

Maintenance and Cost Benefits

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And that’s definitely true when it comes to your HVAC and furnace. The typical cost is $120 to $3,500 to repair and/or replace a furnace*. Nobody wants to deal with an expense like that if they can avoid it.

Basic preventive maintenance – like a heating tune-up – can help extend the life of your unit, ensuring you don’t have to replace it before it’s truly necessary. But that’s just one advantage of an annual service.

For a minimal cost, a heating tune-up provides several maintenance benefits, including:

  • Lower utility bills – By ensuring your furnace performs efficiently and at optimal levels, you can lower your electric and gas bills. Heating costs can account for a large portion of these bills in the fall and winter, and a tune-up will make sure your unit isn’t using more energy than it needs to.
  • Better airflow and air quality in your home – An annual service will help maintain proper airflow throughout your home. If problems with your unit restrict the airflow into your house, air won’t distribute evenly, and your home won’t heat consistently. It can also cause unwanted wear and tear on your unit. Additionally, technicians will check burners for proper operation and combustion, and check your filters, improving air quality.
  • Enhanced safety – A heating unit that isn’t regularly serviced can develop leaks in the heat exchanger. These are caused by cracks due to lack of maintenance and airflow issues, and this can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide levels in your home.
  • Fewer major breakdowns and expensive repairs – When temperatures are at or below freezing, a broken heating unit can be a real emergency. A regular service appointment reduces the chances of serious problems throughout the season. Tune-ups can help diagnose minor issues that could turn into serious, expensive problems down the road.

Take Advantage of Your American Home Shield® Benefits

If you’re an American Home Shield member, you’re in luck. This fall, you can get a heating tune-up from one of our approved service contractors for just $75 per unit.

During your appointment, a qualified service technician will run several diagnostic checks to make sure your system is working efficiently and is prepared for colder temperatures. These include:

  • Checking the thermostat
  • Checking the filters
  • Testing the temperature split
  • Checking refrigerant levels and system pressures
  • Performing an amp draw on the condenser/evaporator motor and compressor
  • Rinsing the condenser coils
  • Checking the contactor
  • Checking the evaporator coil
  • Cleaning and tightening all electrical connections
  • Testing the capacitors and operations
  • Testing the safety and limit switches
  • Cleaning the burners
  • Checking the heat exchanger
  • Inspecting the pilot system

If our technician finds an issue with one of the above items that needs to be repaired, you’ll be charged your regular Trade Service Call Fee, subject to the limitations and exclusions under your American Home Shield coverage agreement.

Don’t leave your family in the cold this winter – get your furnace checked to avoid the stress and inconvenience of an unexpected breakdown. To schedule a heating tune-up with American Home Shield, request service today.


*Repair/Replacement costs ranges are the twentieth and eightieth percentile of U.S. costs as reported in A Study of Homeowners’ Appliance and Home Systems Service Experiences, a nationwide survey of homeowners conducted in 2019 by ClearVantage for American Home Shield.  Further reproduction or use is expressly prohibited.

AHS assumes no responsibility, and specifically disclaims all liability, for your use of any and all information contained herein.

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