What Time of Year Should You Turn on Your Furnace?


Late summer to early fall is the perfect time to switch on your furnace and confirm it works.

If you hear unusual noises or your heating system fails to deliver warm air, consider scheduling a professional diagnosis and repairs as soon as possible. Even if your furnace operates smoothly, a tune-up will ensure it continues to work efficiently through the heating season.

Although the Salt Lake City area will enjoy many pleasant sunny days through October, long-range forecasts indicate overnight temperatures could slide into frost territory by mid-month. Daytime sweaters will give way to winter parkas at night in Salt Lake City.

At home, you will feel relief knowing that your furnace is ready for cold weather.

When Should I Replace My Older Furnace?

Let our expert heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) team at Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air inspect and clean your furnace before you need to use it. Annual maintenance preps your heating system for the long winter ahead. Your furnace will perform at peak efficiency and enhance your comfort throughout the heating season.

We can suggest solutions for replacing your older, inefficient furnace if you are ready to upgrade. High-efficiency furnaces save energy and money on utility bills.

 For example, gas furnaces certified by ENERGY STAR® are up to 15 percent more energy-efficient than baseline models and can save up to $85 a year in energy costs. The agency also notes that certified oil furnaces can save up to $75 in energy costs annually.

What’s Involved in Furnace Maintenance?

Even if you are not ready to upgrade your heating system, you will reap benefits from maintaining the existing furnace in your Salt Lake City home. Maintained HVAC equipment works at peak efficiency, saving you money in repairs and utility bills.

An annual furnace tune-up also reduces the risk of an inconvenient system breakdown during winter when you need it the most.

One of the essential tasks in maintaining your furnace is changing the air filter. Inspect it monthly during the heating season and replace it at least every three months.

During a heating system checkup, our qualified pros at Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air will check your filter and change it if necessary. The service is a part of our 19-point furnace inspection that we complete during every maintenance visit.

It includes checking the flame sensor, condensate tubes, blower capacitor, valves and gas line, safety controls, thermostat, gas pressure, ignitor, wired connections, and so much more.

We also vacuum the entire unit, including the blower compartment and burner box.

Should I Sign Up for a Maintenance Plan?

If you want to save money, receive priority service, and gain peace of mind knowing your heating and cooling systems are in top shape, consider one of our annual service plans

All our plans offer discounts on repairs and equipment purchases in addition to furnace and air conditioning tune-ups. You can get the features you need for as little as $12 per month. Our $16 plan includes a water heater flush and plumbing inspection.

For an additional $4 monthly, our plumbers will inspect and clean your drains. You receive an indoor air quality (IAQ) evaluation with our best plan. 

Prepare Your Furnace for Cold Fall Nights

Let the experts at Friendly Plumber, Heating and Air ready your furnace for the heating season here in Salt Lake City, UT. Call us at 801-923-6355 or request service online.