Heating System Maintenance in South Jersey

Furnaces and heat pumps are mechanical pieces of equipment, much like a car. If you’re a responsible car owner, you get the oil changed and the engine tuned up regularly. Do you give your heating equipment the same level of care and attention? If not, your neglect could be costing you in higher energy bills, increased repair costs, and a system that’s likely to give out several years sooner than a well-maintained one.

Make heating maintenance a priority every fall with the help of knowledgeable technicians from Bovio Rubino Service. We proudly provide reliable heating maintenance to South Jersey residents, including in Voorhees, Cherry Hill, Marlton, Sewell, Haddonfield, and Moorestown.

To schedule heating maintenance in the Voorhees and Cherry Hill areas, please call Bovio Rubino Service today at (856) 795-3226.
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Furnace Maintenance in South Jersey

Choosing to maintain your furnace at the end of summer helps set the equipment up for a successful season of home heating. You can complete a few maintenance tasks yourself, such as replacing the filter and ensuring air registers are unobstructed by furniture and rugs for the best airflow. Then call in the professionals to provide more comprehensive services. A typical furnace maintenance visit will include:

  • A multi-point inspection of the furnace and related equipment
  • Testing the thermostat or zoning controls
  • Replacing the air filter
  • Measuring supply and return airflow and temperatures
  • Cleaning the blower fan and cabinet
  • Checking the blower fan belt
  • Lubricating the blower motor bearings
  • Checking blower motor current and voltage
  • Testing contactors, relays, and the fan limit switch
  • Cleaning and tightening any loose or dirty electrical connections
  • Checking the burners to determine if optional cleaning services are required
  • Measuring flue gases and carbon monoxide levels
  • Checking for natural gas leaks
  • Inspecting the flue and heat exchanger
  • Testing the thermocouple or flame sensor
  • Verifying pilot light or electronic igniter operation
  • Running the furnace through a complete heating cycle
  • Monitoring burners for rollout or delayed ignition

 

Heat Pump Maintenance

Since you run your heat pump all year round, you should plan to schedule maintenance twice a year – once in the fall before the heating season and once in the spring prior to the cooling season. Steps you can take yourself include replacing the filter, hosing down the outdoor condensing unit, and keeping air registers unblocked by furniture and rugs for the best airflow. When a technician from Bovio Rubino Service comes by to complete professional heat pump maintenance, you can expect that the visit will include:

  • A multi-point inspection of the heat pump and related systems
  • Testing the thermostat and measuring airflow rates
  • Replacing the air filter and cleaning the cabinet
  • Checking the blower fan, belt, and motor
  • Testing contactors, relays, and the fan limit switch
  • Cleaning and tightening any loose or dirty electrical connections
  • Checking the coils and condensate system to see if optional cleaning services are needed
  • Checking refrigerant levels, pressures, and temperatures
  • Testing the compressor start capacitor and relay
  • Running the heat pump through a complete heating cycle
  • Checking for proper expansion and reversing valve operation
  • Verifying proper compressor operation
  • Measuring fan motor currents

 

Benefits of Heating Maintenance

If you want to keep your furnace or heat pump running well, you should definitely make annual maintenance a top priority. Here are the specific benefits that come from regular tune-ups:

  • Improved energy efficiency: With improvements such as better airflow, tighter connections, and smoother operation, your heating system can keep your home comfortable without consuming as much fuel, thus improving its efficiency.
  • Lower energy bills: The biggest benefit of better efficiency is lower energy bills. This puts money back in your pocket, allowing preventative maintenance to partially pay for itself every year.
  • Fewer inconvenient breakdowns: The last thing you want is for your furnace or heat pump to break down in the middle of a nasty New Jersey snowstorm. Since maintenance is meant to catch and repair problems before they can escalate, mid-season breakdowns are much rarer when you tune up your heating system every fall.
  • Increased home comfort: If you suffer from comfort problems such as poor airflow and inconsistent temperatures, maintenance can help restore whole-house comfort.
  • Prolonged system life span: As with a car that reaches 100,000 miles because it receives regular oil changes, a well-maintained heating system is bound to last a few years longer than a neglected one. Plus, maintenance ensures optimal system performance until the very last season in use.

 

Schedule an Energy Audit With Bovio Rubino Service

An energy audit is an affordable way to prioritize improvements that will lower your utility bills and improve home comfort. You may be able to finance improvements up to $15,000 through the New Jersey Home Performance With ENERGY STAR® Program. Receive a seven-year, 0% interest loan up to $10,000 or a 10-year, 4.99% interest loan up to $15,000 with no prepayment penalties. We also have rebates that are available up to $4,000.

To schedule an energy audit, or to learn more about financing, please call (856) 795-3226 or contact us online.

Benefits of an Energy Audit

Whether you suffer from HVAC performance issues, home comfort problems, or high energy bills, an energy audit can help. Once every step of the inspection is complete, the energy auditor explains the results and identifies how you can make improvements. For example:

  • You can add insulation to the attic floor, which you didn’t know was needed until the infrared scanner revealed the heat loss there.
  • You can hire an HVAC technician to seal and insulate your ductwork if the energy auditor discovers you’re wasting energy here.

The key to making the right home improvements is to identify problem areas, which is what an energy audit is all about. The auditor creates a comprehensive improvement plan, possibly including some of the suggestions here. The plan outlines:

  • How to prioritize the improvements your home needs.
  • The cost of these improvements if performed by Bovio Rubino Service.
  • The annual savings you can expect once you make the improvements.
  • A payback time analysis.

Schedule Heating Maintenance in South Jersey

With more than 40 years of experience serving Voorhees and Cherry Hill customers, Bovio Rubino Service is ready to bring your heating equipment up to speed for the heating season. Our technicians have the experience, knowledge, and tools needed to complete thorough tune-ups for all types of heating systems.

Count on us, not just for maintenance, but also for repairs, replacements, and installations. We provide the professional, friendly service you expect from an experienced HVAC company. It doesn’t matter if you live throughout Marlton, Sewell, Haddonfield, and Moorestown, we’re excited to serve you today!

Give us a call today at (856) 795-3226 or fill out a contact form to schedule heating maintenance in Cherry Hill and Voorhees at your soonest convenience.

Frequently Asked Heating Maintenance Questions

What does an HVAC tune-up include?

An HVAC tune-up will typically include:

  • A full system inspection
  • Air filter replacement
  • Cleaning and lubricating of the blower motor and fan
  • Checking electrical terminals, relays, contactors, sensors, and controls
  • Measuring flue gases and refrigerant levels and pressures
  • Testing igniters, start relays, and capacitors
  • Starting the system and running it through a complete cycle
  • And more!

How often should I have my furnace or heat pump serviced?

At Bovio Rubino Service, we recommend that preventive maintenance services be performed once a year for furnaces and heat pumps.

How much does a heating system tune-up cost?

It will typically cost a few hundred dollars if burner cleaning or coil cleaning is included. At Bovio Rubino Service, our HVAC maintenance plans are a convenient and cost-effective way to receive the maintenance your HVAC system needs for a reasonable monthly or annual fee. There are four membership levels based on your needs and desired features.

When is the best time to schedule heating system maintenance?

We recommend scheduling heating system maintenance in the fall, just before the heating season begins. This ensures that your furnace or heat pump is ready for the cold weather while avoiding the busy winter season.

Does the heat pump and furnace maintenance program include repairs?

No, any repairs will be extra. Our technicians will explain the repair, however, and provide a detailed estimate, so that there are no surprises and you can make an informed decision.

Do you have more questions about furnace or heat pump maintenance? Talk to our HVAC experts at Bovio Rubino Service today by calling (856) 795-3226 or contacting us online.