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What Happens When You Don’t Maintain Your Furnace

Posted on January 25, 2016
by Appleby Systems

If it hasn’t happened to you, you’ve heard about it happening to a friend. Your furnace, in the middle of winter—right when you need it most—cuts out and you’re left with a costly emergency repair. This unpleasant situation is much more likely to happen if you don’t regularly maintain your furnace.

It’s not always a full breakdown you’ll be met with if you’ve missed a few maintenance services, though. Here are 4 things that happen often to homeowners who do not take care of their HVAC systems.

1. Reduced Air Quality

Dirty Air FilterYour HVAC system doesn’t only heat and cool—it also runs your air through filters that help remove pollutants and dust from your indoor air. If you are not keeping up with changing your filter, you’re going to notice more dust, dirt or dander in your home. This can lead to significant discomfort and even breathing difficulty, particularly for those with allergies.

2. Carbon Monoxide

A properly functioning furnace gives off a very small amount of carbon monoxide. A system that is not functioning smoothly can give off significantly more, especially older HVAC units. Avoiding your regular furnace checkup can leave you with a very dangerous situation on your hands. Get your furnace maintained annually by an accredited professional, and ensure you have working CO2 detectors on all floors of your home.

3. Your Heating Can Cost More

If you think you’re saving money by avoiding your annual maintenance, think again. A neglected furnace will start to function less & less efficiently, and this loss of efficiency will add up on your energy bill.

gas furnace maintenanceA clogged air filter, for example, requires more energy to move air through. This can cause a minor increase in your monthly bill. But over the long term, it can be costly. When you weigh this against the convenience of a quick service visit, we think the service visit is an easy choice.

4. The Complete Breakdown

Usually at the worst time possible—the coldest night of the year, or right before you’re hosting the family for Christmas. Regular maintenance helps prevent major issues like a complete breakdown, and can prolong the life of HVAC appliances significantly.

Book Your Annual Maintenance Now

Has it been a while since your furnace was serviced?

Preventative maintenance extends the lifetime of your furnace, ensures safety and efficiency, and helps you maintain healthy air quality in your home. Contact Appleby Systems today to book a visit from a professional HVAC technician.

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