It's easy to wait until you're without heat to think of furnace repairs. But your furnace isn't something that should be forgotten until it stops working-- regular furnace maintenance should be an important consideration for any homeowner. Read on for a few reasons why.
Carbon monoxide leaks
You've probably heard of carbon monoxide. It has a bad reputation, for good reason. This gas is colorless and odorless and kills an estimated 500 people in the US each year. Carbon monoxide detectors and regular furnace maintenance are both ways to keep you and your family safe.
Carbon monoxide is a natural by-product of the burning of natural gas and other fossil fuels. Your furnace normally produces carbon monoxide in very small amounts, and it dissipates harmlessly in the air. However, if your furnace isn't working properly, it may produce excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Too much could lead to dangerous side effects for the home's inhabitants, including fatigue, headache, unconsciousness, and death.
Soaring heating bills
Modern furnaces are much more efficient than their older counterparts. However, even a newer furnace can cause your heating bill to rise if it's not functioning properly. If air isn't able to flow freely from the furnace through the home's ducts, the furnace has to work harder to heat the home. Or if the unit's thermostat is malfunctioning, you may find you need to crank the heat in order for a comfortable temperature to be reached.
Cold winter nights
This may seem obvious, but if you're reading this during the warmer months, it bears repeating: the winter is cold. Do you want summer negligence to leave you with chattering teeth when the furnace goes out in February? A regular cycle of furnace maintenance-- even when heat isn't on your mind-- can save you much more costly and urgent repairs down the line.
It's easy to cast an exploding furnace off as something that could never happen to you. But it does happen, and the results are catastrophic. In January of 2014, two people were killed, a home was leveled, and dozens of surrounding structures were damaged when a gas leak as a result of a malfunctioning furnace caused an explosion. That same month, two others were injured when their furnace exploded.
Furnaces generally explode as a result of either a gas leak or malfunctioning safety mechanisms that allow high levels of explosive gases to build up in the unit. Regular furnace maintenance by a trained heating fix technician can help detect dangerous problems before an explosion occurs.
Furnace maintenance by a professional-- and timely repairs of existing problems-- can save you money and keep you and your family safe.Share