NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HomeServe USA (HomeServe), a leading provider of home repair solutions, will celebrate National Tune-Up Day on Sept. 25. The day was established in 2014 to bring attention to the need and benefits of proper maintenance of home heating systems. National Tune-Up Day, as featured in the National Day Calendar, is part of HomeServe’s continued mission to educate and protect homeowners from the unexpected expenses and potential hazards of emergency home repairs.
“National Tune-Up Day was created to provide homeowners with a reminder to get their heating systems tuned up in advance of the winter season,” said Tom Rusin, CEO of HomeServe USA. “There are preventative measures homeowners can take themselves and with the help of a professional technician to assure their home heating systems are operational before the cold weather arrives.”
To help prevent a repair emergency from occurring during the height of the heating season, homeowners should consider scheduling a tune-up before turning their heating system unit on for the winter. Tune-ups are an inexpensive way to make sure heating equipment is operating correctly and can help save homeowners money in the long run, all while ensuring families are prepared when the first cold snap arrives. Professional tune-ups also provide homeowners with peace of mind that their heating system is running efficiently and safely, by identifying any blockages that might exist in a flue or exhaust vent. If left undetected, a blockage has the ability to result in potential exposure to carbon monoxide – posing a serious health risk. HomeServe recommends homeowners tune up their heating and cooling systems every year in advance of seasonal changes to avoid any unnecessary risks.
During a heating system tune-up, professional heating technicians will typically have the following checklist:
- Check safeties and controls
- Check/adjust thermostats
- Check/adjust burners
- Check/clean pilot
- Check/clean gauge and flush low water cut-off
- Check filters and belts
- Check flue pipe and chimney draft
- Check oil motors and pumps
- Check/clean blower assembly
- Check condensate line if applicable
Twice a year, HomeServe explores the financial impact of home repairs and energy use among Americans through its Biannual State of Home Survey. The Summer 2016 edition, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of HomeServe, surveyed over 2,000 adults ages 18 and older and found that nearly a quarter of Americans have no money set aside in the event of a home repair emergency. In addition, when homeowners were asked about the likelihood that they may experience a home repair emergency in the next 12 months, 75 percent of Americans felt it was either not very likely or not likely at all. Yet, more than half (51 percent) of Americans reported having actually experienced a home repair emergency in the past 12 months. The survey also revealed that the most common home emergency experienced by homeowners is a faulty heating or air conditioning system. Tune-ups can serve as a line of defense for homeowners in avoiding a heating system failure or malfunction during the season.
HomeServe offers home heating protection plans, including plans that provide tune-ups. HomeServe also offers service plans for water, sewer, electrical and other home emergencies. All plan holders have the same access to a Repair Hotline that is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and a network of employed or local, licensed and insured technicians available to come to their home for repairs. More information is available at www.HomeServeUSA.com.
HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe) is a leading provider of home repair solutions serving over 2.7 million customers across the US and Canada under the HomeServe, Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) and Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) names. Since 2003, HomeServe has been protecting homeowners against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical, HVAC and other home repair emergencies by providing affordable repair coverage and quality local service. As an A+ rated Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, HomeServe is dedicated to being a customer-focused company supplying best-in-class repair plans and other services to consumers directly and through over 400 leading municipal, utility and association partners. For more information about HomeServe, a 2015 Connecticut Top Workplace winner and recipient of seven 2016 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, please go to www.homeserveusa.com. For information on SLWA visit www.slwofa.com and for SLWC visit www.slwofc.ca. To connect with HomeServe on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.twitter.com/homeserveusa and www.facebook.com/HomeServeUSA.