Continuous furnace maintenance is an important part of owning a home. Maintaining your HVAC system is imperative, especially in preparation for the winter months. Not keeping up with HVAC system maintenance can have some impactful and potentially detrimental consequences to you and your home. Here are 4 negative consequences you could experience if you neglect your furnace maintenance tasks:
Poor Air Quality in Your Home
An important maintenance task is to change out your air filter regularly. Depending on a number of factors such as air filter quality and the number of people (& animals) living in your home, you may need to change your air filter anywhere from monthly to every six months. Without changing your air filter, the debris (such as dander, dust particles, pollen, and even mold) that gets caught in your filter will contribute to poor indoor air quality due to poor filtration and purification. This can cause significant health problems for anyone living inside your home.
Skyrocketing Energy Bills
Not maintaining your furnace can lead to one or more components of your HVAC system having problems. This isn’t always detectable at first and therefore can lead to worsened damage down the road. Before your HVAC system fully malfunctions, you might notice that you’re paying more and more each month on your energy bills. This is often because your system is working harder and longer just to maintain the temperature that’s set in your home. High energy bills are a sign that something isn’t right with your furnace, and it’s a good idea to contact your local HVAC contractor to diagnose the problem and make the necessary furnace repairs.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A very serious consequence of neglecting furnace maintenance is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. The heat exchanger is a part of your furnace that removes poisonous gasses that can result from the combustion process. It vents them out and away from your home. Because the heat exchanger frequently expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations, cracks can appear in the heat exchanger which allows the gas to leak into the home. Carbon monoxide is extremely hazardous and can be deadly; it’s odorless, colorless, and can go unnoticed, which is why it’s imperative to get furnace inspections and maintenance from a licensed HVAC technician.
Another major consequence of not maintaining your furnace is a complete system breakdown. Furnaces are often designed to have a lifespan of 15 or more years, as long as they are properly maintained. Without maintenance, components will malfunction and cause excessive strain on your system. This can lead to the need for a furnace replacement much sooner than it would have been otherwise with proper maintenance. When it comes to Preventative Maintenance checks, they are well worth the cost, especially when it prolongs the lifespan of your furnace by several years.
Ensure you stay on top of your furnace maintenance routine. Your local HVAC contractors in Coon Rapids offer preventative HVAC maintenance and a wide range of furnace services to help ensure your system is safe and fully operational. Contact us today at All Climate Mechanical for professional furnace maintenance and any furnace repair you may need.