Having a furnace is very important for maintaining optimum temperatures in your home, but you will have to make sure that it is well maintained if you want to benefit maximally from it. Performing regular diagnoses on the furnace is very important not only for fixing the existing problems, but also for finding and preventing problems that are likely to occur in the future.
The furnace works by circulating air throughout your home in order to keep it comfortable. During that process, it filters out allergens and dust. Even though the allergens and dust might look like small things to affect your HVAC system, they will eventually wear down the system if you do not get rid of them. They may cause the blower motors to vibrate while spinning at very high speeds while the heat exchangers might be under a lot of thermal stress by contracting and expanding.
During the diagnosis of the furnace, an HVAC professional will clean dusty blower blades, dirty burners and any other components of the system that might have accumulated dirt. You will need to make sure that the furnace filter is inspected and replaced at least once annually if you want it to continue working efficiently. If the furnace has a pilot mechanism, the HVAC professional should also inspect it and make sure that it is in good working condition.
If you do not carry out proper maintenance on the gas furnace, you will be at a high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion and it is virtually produced by all furnaces in small amounts. If the furnace is in good working condition, the little amounts of carbon monoxide gas should be harmlessly vented to the outside of your home. However, if your furnace is dirty, deadly amounts of carbon monoxide might come from it and they may lead to very harmful consequences.
A furnace that is not well maintained will also result into high energy bills. The dust, dirt and allergens that accumulate on the furnace can wreak havoc on its internal workings. Performing regular checkups on the furnace before the beginning of the heating season will play a big part in identifying as well as preventing any future furnace problems that could result into high energy bills. The lifespan of the furnace may also be tremendously shortened if it is not maintained properly. Replacing the furnace with a new one can be extremely costly, so you do not want to get caught up in that situation if you are not ready to do the replacement.
If you furnace has a manufacturer’s warranty, you should take advantage of it and make sure that it is kept in good working condition all the time. Always make sure that you get a licensed professional to check and repair the furnace, otherwise it may become void of the manufacturer’s warranty. If the warranty expires, you will need to be in charge of its repairs and replacements.