The Importance of Regular Furnace Maintenance

While the cold weather causes you to rely more on your furnace, one of the last things on your mind is how it works and why. You are content knowing it keeps you warm on these chilly days and bitter nights. But in order to avoid problems in the future, it is essential you do not neglect your furnace’s regular maintenance.

Why Maintenance Is Necessary

If you have a gas furnace, your home is being heated by the burning of natural gas or propane. The very fact that the process involves a flame and a combustible material should illustrate the importance of keeping your furnace maintained. A neglected furnace can lead to problems ranging from costly to dangerous.

Results of Neglecting Furnace Maintenance

You understand the benefits of changing the oil in your vehicle and getting it regularly serviced, right? Ensuring the components of your furnace are working correctly is of equal significance. Ignoring furnace maintenance can result in expensive, or even deadly, consequences.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a natural byproduct of incomplete combustion. It is a deadly, colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Virtually all gas furnaces produce a small amount of carbon monoxide, which should be harmlessly vented to the outside of your home. However, dirty furnaces that have not been regularly serviced may produce greater, deadly amounts.

A tune-up by a licensed heating professional will reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by checking for the following:

  • Cracks in the combustion chamber
  • Insufficient airflow
  • Incorrect gas pressure
  • Improper ventilation
  • Malfunctioning safety devices

High Energy Bills

Even the most energy efficient furnace can become an energy hog if not properly maintained. During the summer, while it is sitting inactive, your furnace accumulates dust and dirt that can wreak havoc on its internal workings. Getting an annual furnace tune-up before the start of the heating season helps identify and prevent future problems that may result in high energy bills.

Shortened Lifespan

Replacing your furnace can be extremely costly. It is much more prudent to keep your furnace running smoothly with regular maintenance. The internal components of your furnace are complex. If even a small malfunction goes undetected for an extended period of time, it can deteriorate the lifespan of your furnace and cause other problems.

Void Manufacturer’s Warranty

Manufacturers recognize the importance of regular furnace maintenance, as well. If you do not have your furnace regularly maintained by a licensed professional, it might void the manufacturer’s warranty. That means if your furnace breaks down and it did not receive regular maintenance by a licensed professional, you may be responsible for the entire furnace repair or replacement.

Regular maintenance is imperative to a well-functioning furnace. An annual tune-up by an HVAC professional ensures efficient heating, lower energy bills and increased furnace lifespan while also reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Schedule your annual furnace tune-up with Coolray to keep the furnace in your Atlanta area home running safely and efficiently for many more winters.

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