During the colder months, homeowners rely on their furnace to keep their family warm and cozy. Performing regular furnace maintenance is extremely important. Not only does it keep your furnace working properly, but it can also prevent many costly repairs and safety problems. Here’s what can happen when a furnace is left unmaintained.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Changing the air filter is an important part of furnace maintenance. Failing to change the filter can cause clogs. Your furnace filter is designed to remove dust and debris from making its way inside your furnace as well as keep it from the air in your home. Not only can air filter clogs prevent your furnace from functioning optimally — it can put your home air quality at risk.
Your furnace will have a harder time keeping your place warm if it does not receive regular maintenance. You may find that some areas in your home are warm while others are cool. Unregulated temperatures can make everyone inside of the home feeling uncomfortable. Not to mention, uneven temperatures can cause your furnace to work harder, thus leaving you with increased energy bills.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Your heat exchanger is one of the most important parts of your furnace. The heat exchanger is responsible for removing the carbon monoxide from the air. Lack of maintenance on your furnace not only puts the safety of family at risk for carbon monoxide, but it can also heat cause these other problems to occur:
- Soot buildup
- Rusting of the heat exchanger
- Cracking and other damage
Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless – which is extremely dangerous. If you are unsure if your furnace is at risk of emitting carbon monoxide, contact an experienced HVAC professional to assess the problem. It’s also a good idea to check that your carbon monoxide detector is working properly or if you don’t have one, install one as soon as possible.
A well-cared-for furnace can last for many years. However, lack of maintenance, can cause a costly host of problems — including a complete furnace replacement long before its expected lifespan is up. For all your furnace maintenance and repair call or schedule an appointment online with AAA Service. Our HVAC professionals are happy to help!