Yeah.. your furnace should get a tune up.
Fall is right around the corner, which means your heating system will soon have to kick it into high gear. Before you put it to good use for another Minnesota winter, it is a good idea to get it tuned up.
“Is this REALLY necessary?”
A tune up isn’t technically necessary, but it is highly recommended. Heating system experts recommend that all furnaces and boilers get semi-regular tune ups. As one qualified Minnesota home inspector puts it:
“The best analogy I can think of is going to the dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning; probably not necessary, but recommended.”
Tune-ups are about keeping your home safe and preventative maintenance. The last thing you want to be doing is calling a repair company in an emergency when it is 10 degrees out! Most tune ups cost about $100 and the frequency of which you should have one performed depends on the age of your heating system. Newer furnaces can get by with having a tune up every other year, but once a furnace is 10+ years old it should be getting yearly tune ups.
When scheduling a furnace tune up make sure to ask what they will be doing. At a minimum, they should perform the seven requirements listed on CenterPoint Energy’s page. If you are a CenterPoint Energy customer you are eligible for a $25 rebate on a tune up every other year.
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