In Michigan, the average cost of a furnace tune-up is $49-$179. But don’t let the cost be a deterrent. Getting regular furnace tune-ups can help you save money in the long run.
We’re sure you have questions, like:
- How can getting furnace tune-ups help me save money?
- What does the cost of a furnace tune-up cover?
- Is there a way to make furnace tune-ups cheaper?
We’ll answer all your questions below.
Want a furnace tune-up? At Thornton & Grooms, our furnace tune-ups only cost $49.
Question #1: How can getting a furnace tune-up save me money?
While furnace maintenance seems like an unnecessary cost, it can result in cost benefits like:
- Lower energy bills: During furnace maintenance, an HVAC technician will properly clean and lubricate the parts of your furnace, which helps your furnace run at optimal performance. A more efficient furnace means lower energy bills.
- Lower repair and replacement costs: If your furnace parts are maintained as needed, your furnace will last longer. This means you won’t have to worry about replacing your furnace until absolutely needed. You’ll also spend less money on extensive repairs because a technician can catch smaller problems before they become serious ones.
Now that you know how furnace tune-ups can help you save money, let’s discuss what is covered in a furnace tune-up.
Question #2: What does the cost of a furnace tune-up include?
Furnace tune-up cost varies depending on the inspection checklist that the HVAC contractor is using.
What is the inspection checklist? It’s a list of to-do items that describes what must be inspected, cleaned and tuned during the maintenance. The longer the inspection checklist, the more thorough the furnace tune-up will be.
Most HVAC contractors follow Energy Star’s standard inspection checklist during a furnace tune-up, which includes:
- Checking thermostat settings
- Tightening all electrical connections
- Lubricating moving parts
- Checking the furnace condensate drain for any clogs
- Testing and inspect all furnace controls
- Verifying that the gas pressure, burner combustion and heat exchanger are all properly working
- Checking if the air filter is dirty and replacing if needed
Note: At Thornton & Grooms, our 19-point furnace tune-ups cover all of Energy Star’s minimum standards and more.
During our furnace tune-ups, we:
- Test for carbon monoxide
- Measure temperature differential
- Check safety devices
- Test for gas leaks
- Inspect gas valve operation
- Test ignition system
- Test flame sensing systems
- Inspect furnace cabinet
- Test volt and amp draw on motors
- Inspect breaker
- Test heat pump operation
- Test cycle for proper operation
- Service humidification system
If the contractor you’re looking to hire is not transparent about what is on their inspection checklist, we recommend looking for a different contractor.
Question #3: Is there a way to make furnace tune-ups cheaper?
The best way to make furnace tune-ups cheaper is to enroll in a maintenance membership plan. Most HVAC contractors offer a monthly or annual maintenance plan. You pay a fee in exchange for membership perks. The perks typically include discounts on services and products, which helps you save money.
For example, at Thornton & Grooms, we have three different Maintenance Plan tiers. Our mid-tier Gold Plus Plan’s benefits include:
- 10-25% off qualified HVAC repairs
- $20 off service fees
- 2 heating/cooling system checks
- $50 Thornton & Grooms bucks
In the long run, enrolling in a membership plan can help you save money on furnace tune-ups by making other services cheaper.
Want reasonably priced furnace tune-ups? Contact Thornton & Grooms
We believe that all Michigan homeowners should be able to afford high-quality furnace tune-ups, which is why our tune-up price is just $49.
If you want to enroll in a Maintenance Plan, our monthly membership fee starts at just $19.83/mo and ends at $24.83/mo. Enroll today!
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