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Furnace Tune Up


Furnace Tune Up

Trust your furnace tune up with Bill Howe Heating and Air. Our licensed, experienced and courteous HVAC technicians will help keep your family warm this Winter season while saving you money. We’ve been voted the Best from the best in San Diego, are local & family owned since 1980, have earned the satisfaction of customers with over 3000 five star reviews and we look forward to serving you.

Take advantage of our value packed furnace tune up that comes with a new filter, thorough 15-point safety inspection and free duct check. Receive expert recommendations to maintaining ideal performance from our Bill Howe furnace tune up San Diego technicians as well.

We are actively certified to service all leading brands such as Daikin, York and Mitsubishi. Customers can be rest assured that our HVAC repair and service is protected by service warranties and the Bill Howe Happiness Guarantee. Call us now.

Furnace Tune Up Checklist

Prior to performing our furnace tune up, your Bill Howe comfort-specialist will complete a checklist to diagnose the condition of your system. Whether you need an electric or gas furnace tune up, here are some of the services you can expect to receive:

  • Flue inspection

A flue inspection ensures that exhaust gases exit through flue connections without leaking.

  • Filter check and cleaning

Dirty filters can cause your furnace to work harder than necessary, lowering efficiency and causing additional wear.

  • Start the furnace

This tests the draft motor and the burner fires to ensure they are working properly.

  • Clean the furnace interior

This task entails removing debris and cleaning the burners, pilot, and motor.

  • Test the igniter

This is a test to show whether the igniter will start properly.

  • Adjust the burners

This keeps the burners working at peak performance and efficiency

  • Check the gas pressure and air mix

This produces the safest and cleanest burns while reducing excess fuel waste.

  • Electrical Components

This includes a check of the safety switches, wiring, fan control, thermostat, and other electrical functions.

  • Maintain blower assembly

The motor will be cleaned and airflow will be checked.

  • Check for duct leaks

Duct leaks can waste 30% of heat created.

  • Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger should be checked for cracks. A cracked exchanger can leak carbon monoxide into your home.

  • Start the furnace

The furnace will be powered on and run as normal operation.

Furnace Tune Up

Do I Need a Furnace Tune Up Every Year?

The short answer is yes. Furnaces endure natural wear and tear over time, especially during winter months when heavy usage occurs. The furnace and its components are stressed with use and this can affect its efficiency. Even if left unused, your furnace gathers dust and debris that can clog its filters and age its parts. Without routine HVAC maintenance your furnace will work harder for less heat. An annual heating system check up can save you on utility bills and prolong the life of your system.


If I Have a Heat Pump, Do I Need A Fall Tune Up?

Heat pumps should be serviced twice a year. Once in the spring and again in the fall. Despite the name, a heat pump is responsible for blowing hot and cold air. The temperature is only changed due to the direction the refrigerant moves through the coil. Whether you are preparing for summer or winter, your heat pump will require a heating and air conditioning tune up.

How to Keep Your HVAC System at Optimal Efficiency.

During furnace maintenance service, your Bill Howe HVAC technician can perform an efficiency test on your system. The AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the standard measurement of how much fuel a furnace or boiler wastes. Modern models achieve AFUE ratings of 98, meaning only two percent of fuel is wasted. Older models can fall as low as 70 AFUE. When you receive a gas boiler tune up or AC furnace tune up make sure to ask your technician about your AFUE.
Alternatively, cooling systems are measured by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).

If you are interested in your system’s efficiency rating, visit Energy Star to see how it ranks. Energy Star is a voluntary program created by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to set energy-efficiency standards.

Is It True My Warranty is Voided if I Don’t Get My Furnace Serviced?

Furnaces that do not receive an annual HVAC tune up may have their warranty voided. Manufacturers expect customers to treat their appliances with care. This includes routine inspections and maintenance to reduce stress on the system. Without a yearly inspection, furnace components are likely to degrade. Manufacturers are reluctant to grant warranty benefits to degraded systems.
To properly maintain your furnace, use a reliable and approved HVAC service provider. A quick search for “furnace tune up San Diego” will show that Bill Howe can take care of all your heating and air tune up needs. Consistent maintenance will prolong the lifespan of your furnace and encourage the manufacturers to reimburse warranty costs.

What Can I Do to Troubleshoot My Furnace Before Calling a Tech For Service?

If your furnace, heat pump, or heating system is having trouble, here are a few furnace maintenance tips prior to inspection. Remember, licensed technicians are specially trained to follow manufacturer requirements when performing maintenance. Performing extensive do-it-yourself maintenance on your system could cause your warranty to be voided.

Self checks:

  • Check if the thermostat is set to the HEAT position.
  • Make sure the desired temperature is higher than the current room temperature.
  • Check if there is power going to the furnace. You can test this by turning on the fan. If the fan does not turn on, try resetting the breakers at the electrical panel.
  • Make sure air is coming out of your vents. Be mindful of return vents and registers. Furniture may be blocking the air flow and preventing your furnace from working properly.
  • Check your filters. Filters should be changed about once a month to maintain peak performance. If you own pets check more often as pet dander can increase the amount of materials caught in the filter.

If you are in need of electric furnace maintenance, natural gas furnace maintenance, or a boiler tune up, Bill Howe provides excellent service at fair prices. With over 40 years of experience in the field, Bill Howe can keep your home comfortable and your furnace running smoothly. A quick search for “furnace check up near me” will reveal that Bill Howe is the place to call.

Keep an eye out for our furnace tune up coupons to find a discount that fits your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I service my furnace?
A: As part of their general gas safety tips, San Diego Gas & Electric recommends performing annual inspections. Read More
Q: What is HVAC maintenance?
A: HVAC maintenance is preventative maintenance that keeps machines operating efficiently. Read More
Q: What is a furnace tune up?
A: A furnace tune up is critical for ensuring your heating and air conditioning system is operating safely and efficiently during the warm and cool seasons. Our furnace tune up will include. Read More
Q: How do I prepare my furnace for winter?
A: The best action that homeowners can perform to keep their system running efficiently is changing and/or cleaning filters on a regular basis. Read More


We have used Bill Howe for indoor plumbing; plumbing and restoration services; they put in a new furnace and A/C; and every year we trust them again to maintain our furnace and A/C at a reasonable price! We would not have it any other way! Their office staff is personable, friendly and professional. Their tech staff always call prior to appointments and always on time. They too are personable, friendly, skillful, professional, and especially efficient! Thank you Bill Howe Family!!!
–K. Grant

Alvin was friendly and knowledgeable in assessing what was wrong with our furnace. He showed me the pictures of the problem and quickly provided options for fixing it. Since we had just moved into our house, our Home Warranty covered the costs of the furnace. Thank you Alvin for pointing that out! We’ve used Bill Howe in the past and will definitely use you guys again when an issue arises.
Thank you!
–M. Matthias
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Service for new garbage disposal. My ancient garbage disposal quit working, went online to get Bill Howe’s number, immediately received and accepted chat to describe my needs. Prompt call back to schedule an appointment, service tech Allen was out same morning, which was important to fit my work schedule. Job estimate was clear, work done fully to my expectations, area left clean, and price was very fair.
I was not surprised — I have used Bill Howe plumbers for several other tasks in the past. I have always found their staff to be helpful, attentive, and the plumbers very courteous and capable.

January 2020


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I have been using Bill Howe since the late 1980’s, their service has always been excellent, plumbing, heating and restoration. I am most impressed by the integrity of their employees, not only do they know their work/skill, they do not waste time, they are so efficient, they are so helpful and they are a true “service”!

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Bill Howe never fails us! We had a drain overflow, and Scott came (on a Saturday) to look at it and offer solution. He was punctual, professional, and extremely helpful. I should also praise the main office for always being helpful and always finding solutions. Very grateful to have you in San Diego!

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Cory was our technician on this job. We had a time sensitive repair issue and Bill Howe understood and assisted with getting the job done quickly.
Cory was on time to start the job and finished it quickly. Upon his leaving our home he’s was courteous, very knowledgeable, explaining what the problem was and how he fixed it. Very good communication and this is the way it’s has always been when we use Bill Howe plumbing.
Great company to work with.
Thanks Cory.

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I had a shower that would not drain. The employee arrived on time and fixed the problem quickly and effectively at a very fair price. I was very happy with everything. Thank you and I highly recommend your plumbing service.

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I am extremely happy with the service we received from Bill Howe Plumbing. We were given an incorrect diagnosis of our main sewer line from another vendor, but Bill Howe’s servicemen came out for a second opinion, correctly diagnosed our problem and resolved our back up issues. We will continue to use Bill Howe for all our future plumbing needs!

Thank you Bill Howe Plumbing.

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