The Importance of a Fall Furnace Tune-up

The Importance of a Fall Furnace Tune-Up

As days are shorter and the nights are colder, there’s no doubt the winter heating season is on its way. When this happens, the last problem you want to have to deal with is a broken, faulty, or malfunctioning furnace. If you’ve been neglectful in your duties to maintain and upkeep your HVAC system until now, don’t procrastinate until the last minute to find out if everything is working as it should be. A fall furnace tuneup offers the perfect solution.

If you need to schedule a fall tune-up for your furnace, trust the experienced Rockwall HVAC technicians at Lyons Air & Heat to get the job done right. We know all there is to know about heating systems, and we can make sure your furnace is prepared for the cold winter ahead. Give us a call at (214) 432-2859 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!

What is a Furnace Tune-Up?

A furnace tune-up is a comprehensive service performed by a qualified HVAC technician to ensure the heating system operates efficiently and safely. This professional maintenance encompasses a range of services, including (but not limited to) checking the basic functioning of the furnace, inspecting for issues such as a cracked heat exchanger or dirty burners, and assessing critical components like motor bearings and electrical connections. 

During a tune-up, your technician should also check safety controls, replace or clean air filters, and make any adjustments needed to keep the furnace running at its optimal energy-efficient capacity. Regular furnace maintenance like this not only prolongs the lifespan of the unit but also safeguards against potential hazards and ensures peak performance throughout the colder months.

Furnace Maintenance Checklist

When you invest in annual maintenance with Lyons Air & Heat, we’ll follow a comprehensive heating system checklist. Below, we’ll provide an overview of what this might look like: 

  • General checks and operations
    • Check the operation of the thermostat
    • Check electrical connections
    • Check for burnt wires and overheating
    • Inspect air ducts for proper airflow
  • Checking the combustion system
    • Check combustion motor operation
    • Check gas valve operation
    • Check pilot light
    • Adjust gas pressure, if necessary
    • Test the ignition system
    • Check/clean the flame sensor
    • Inspect gas piping
  • Checking components and systems specific to the heating process
    • Check the heat exchanger
    • Check the furnace blower motor (if applicable)
    • Check the operation of safety switches
    • Check flue pipe and clearance from combustibles
  • Maintenance and secondary checks
    • Clear furnace condensate lines (if applicable)
    • Check the humidifier (if applicable)
    • Check/change customer-supplied air filter
  • For those using a heat pump
    • Check heat pump defrost cycle

Schedule Furnace Maintenance Now To Avoid Issues Later

Scheduling fall furnace maintenance appointments with a respected HVAC company helps you prepare your HVAC system for your winter heating needs ahead of time. We (along with every other credible HVAC company out there) recommend receiving a furnace tune-up every fall, just before the cold season starts. 

Ideally, you should also have your air conditioner tuned up every spring before the hot summer months set in.

The Advantages of a Routine Furnace Inspection and Tune-Up

There are a number of benefits that come with routine maintenance tune-ups. Having your furnace inspected and tuned up every fall can help avoid the need for frequent repairs, avoid higher energy bills, increase the average life expectancy of your system, and so much more! Let’s take a closer look at the many advantages of a fall furnace tune-up.

Dodge A Break Down

Inspecting your HVAC unit before blustery weather arrives gives you a chance to test your system for potential problems with any of the components. If any small issues get detected, they can get repaired right away. By taking care of minor issues right away, you increase the odds of avoiding a more significant breakdown later. 

As you can imagine, a bit of preventative heating maintenance can go a long way toward the need for future heater repairs.

Avoid Wait Time 

Winter is a busy season for HVAC companies. Between handling emergency calls and standard appointments, there’s always the chance you’ll need to wait for a technician – or you’ll need to pay extra for priority service. Routine furnace maintenance saves time, money, frustration, and the discomfort of a cold home.


It’s no secret that indoor air can significantly impact your quality of life. Poorly maintained HVAC systems could contribute to indoor air pollution by circulating dirt, dust, dander, and other irritants throughout your home. Leaks and cracks in the system can allow noxious gases (such as carbon monoxide leaks) and fumes to enter your living space and could prove fatal.

Lengthen The Lifespan Of Your HVAC System

The average furnace can typically last anywhere from fifteen to twenty years. Completing regular maintenance helps ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible year after year. 

Homeowners with a relatively new furnace might not even need to pay for essential inspections if their manufacturer’s warranty covers these services. If this is the situation with your HVAC unit, there’s almost no excuse not to have this work done.

Save Money

Wondering why your heating bill is so expensive? When HVAC units aren’t properly maintained, it can make it harder for them to perform their necessary functions. This means more energy consumption, translating to more expensive heating and cooling bills. 

A furnace tune-up pays for itself over time by resulting in lower utility bills and reducing the need for costly repairs. In summary, with regular furnace tune-ups, you increase the energy efficiency of your heating unit, which means less money going into your utility bills and more money going into your pocket.

Call the Rockwall HVAC Experts at Lyons Air & Heat to Schedule Your Fall Furnace Tune-Up Today!

If you live in the Rockwall, Texas area and you’d like to get a head start on your autumn home maintenance tasks before the cold temperatures set in, call Lyons Air & Heat to schedule your fall furnace tune-up today. In addition to annual furnace maintenance, we also provide annual air conditioning maintenance, as well! And, to help you stay up-to-date on your heating and air conditioning tune-ups, we offer a convenient annual HVAC maintenance plan to all our customers. 

Our friendly and skilled Rockwall HVAC technicians have the tools, training, and experience to help you keep your home as warm and safe as possible this winter season.

To learn more about our maintenance plan or to schedule a tune-up for your heating system today, give us a call at (214) 432-2859 or contact us online! 


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