What Happens When You Don’t Take Care of Your Furnace?

Let’s face it-furnace repairs can be expensive. No matter what precautions you take, no matter how frugal you are with your HVAC usage, the bills are never fun. Unfortunately, all furnaces need to be repaired or replaced at some point or another. From cleaning ducts and changing filters to replacing heat exchangers and thermostats, there’s never a dull moment in the HVAC industry. If you suspect your furnace may require a repair, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional HVAC service company for assistance. Failing to do so could lead to (ultimately more expensive) inconveniences and even disasters such as carbon monoxide poisoning, bad indoor air quality, temperature variance throughout the household, and complete furnace breakdowns. So keep you and your loved ones safe and comfortable by repairing your furnace this spring. Below are a few consequences of insufficient furnace maintenance.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental injury and death in America. The gas is colorless, odorless, and deadly. Consequently, victims are typically unaware of their exposure because carbon monoxide can build up in a home’s indoor atmosphere when the furnace isn’t operating properly. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, faintness, and disorientation. If your furnace is showing signs of inadequate operation or malfunctioning, have your system checked out by a qualified professional advisor at the first hint to prevent such a disaster.

Bad Indoor Air Quality

If you’ve noticed your home’s air quality has declined, poor furnace performance may be the culprit. According to the EPA, about 10 percent of homes nationwide have a problem with their HVAC system. Dormant furnaces can leak gas into the air in vacant bedrooms, small rooms, and poorly insulated attics. Furthermore, faulty heat exchangers can cause a range of problems that include high humidity and mold growth as well as low humidity and dry indoor air, depending on the situation. Unfortunately, poor indoor air quality is all too common these days due to inefficient heating systems. Be sure to get your furnace inspected and repaired regularly to keep your indoor air quality satisfactory.

Complete Furnace Breakdown

The furnace is a vital part of your heating system, but it’s not indestructible. If you’ve had problems with your HVAC on several occasions, it may be time to inspect and repair your system. A faulty furnace can cost you in the long run. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average homeowner requires about one thousand dollars worth of repairs on their HVAC system every year. You can avoid such expensive expenses by regularly inspecting your furnace and keeping it in top condition for years to come.

Ascend HVAC provides high-quality HVAC and furnace repairs in Salt Lake City.