Some homeowners tend to ignore issues in household maintenance for as long as they can. They believe that delaying addressing the problem will just make it go away. However, home systems like the HVAC system require routine maintenance to keep them running efficiently and reliably.
Ignoring critical HVAC and furnace repairs jeopardizes the system’s ability to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
In addition to temperature control issues, ignoring your furnace can also lead to many other issues. The problems in the following list can be avoided with proper furnace maintenance.
You’ll Encounter Indoor Air Quality Issues
An unattended HVAC system can impair the quality of air within; however, it is not as dangerous as carbon monoxide. The HVAC system circulates dust, allergens, and polluted air throughout the space as air passes through clogged filters and dirty ducts.
There Will Be a Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning or House Fire
Following the combustion process, a heat exchanger is used in gas furnaces to extract hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide from hot air. As the temperature of the heat exchanger varies, it expands and contracts frequently.
The heat exchanger might develop fractures over time, allowing hazardous gases to escape into your home. You won’t be able to smell or see carbon monoxide, so it will be difficult to detect.
Loose wires or difficulties with the pilot light might cause a fire—worse, an explosion. Regular HVAC maintenance helps guarantee that your system’s wiring and gas lines have not deteriorated over time.
You Might Have More Expensive HVAC Repairs in the Future
To save money, many homeowners forgo scheduling routine maintenance. Even though an HVAC system appears to be in good working order, minor issues cause additional stress on the entire system if they are not addressed.
Operating an HVAC system under these conditions leads to far more expensive repairs in the future.
You Will End Up Wasting Energy
While an HVAC system that has been maintained and repaired regularly may still be able to heat and cool a space, it will not work efficiently. This means the heating or cooling system will have to work much harder to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and will consume significantly more energy.
This wastes resources and has a significant financial impact on an energy bill. Repairs and maintenance are costly, but they will save you money in the long term on your energy bill.
You Might Be Unaware of Frozen or Burst Pipes
A neglected furnace in the winter is at risk of losing a component or totally breaking down, sometimes even leading to frozen pipes. The water in a building’s pipes can freeze in a couple of hours if it isn’t properly heated throughout the winter.
Frozen pipes not only cause damage to sinks, showers, toilets, and other appliances; they also put the entire house at risk. Water expands as it freezes. When frozen water grows beyond the capacity of a home’s pipes, they might burst, causing water damage throughout the building.
Entire system failures occur when HVAC systems are pushed to their utmost capacity during summers and winters.
Whether you’re sweating bullets or gnashing your teeth, there’s no good time to be without heat or AC while you wait for a replacement system to be installed. It’s always better to be proactive with your maintenance and repairs to avoid future headaches.
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