When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.
Most homeowners know that some type of maintenance should be completed on their furnaces at least once a year. Of course, there are those that do not seek out furnace maintenance services, either because they cannot afford to, or because they bought a house in ignorance of what maintenance should be done and when. (Not every homeowner is aware of home maintenance, especially if they have lived in apartments most of their lives). Regardless of your own personal reasons, you should know what can transpire if you avoid furnace maintenance.
Everyone in the House Can Get Sick with Upper Respiratory Problems
If you flick on the furnace in late fall, and everyone in the house suddenly comes down with an upper respiratory illness, it is your furnace. Part of the scheduled maintenance for furnaces is changing the filter. The filter removes a lot of allergens from the ventilation system.
When the filter is dirty, there is nothing left to trap the allergens, and they enter your rooms via the vents. Everybody in the house breathes that in, and then gets sick. The illnesses continue until you change the filter. Of course, you could keep buying cold and allergy medications and pay to see a doctor.
Your Furnace Could Break Down in Winter
Without fail, some imminent failure of your furnace could have been caught during routine maintenance finally breaks down in the middle of winter. This is not a good time to have zero heat, but it is the Murphy's Law of heating and furnaces. When that happens, you and everyone else in the house either has to go to a hotel for the night, or sleep with heating blanks and wear several layers of clothing to bed.
A Furnace Fire Could Start
With the exception of boilers and electric heat, a furnace fire is in your future. Oil burners, gas burners, and propane burners can all start furnace fires if poorly maintained or not maintained at all. A fire that starts in the basement or in your utility closet is one that is going to be very difficult to extinguish without the total loss of your home.
Worse still, the fires could become exceedingly dangerous if the heat and flames reach the fuel tank. An explosion results. These explosions have been known to take a large chunk of a person's home. All that damage is all preventable with regular maintenance from a company like Polar Aire Heating & Cooling Inc.