WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T REPLACE YOUR HOME’S FURNACE FILTER OR SCHEDULE REGULAR TUNE UPS AND CLEANINGS?
We highly recommend carrying out or scheduling yearly cleanings and regular furnace and central heating system maintenance every year. This is even more important for older furnaces, which we recommend you consider upgrading after the age of 10. The older your furnace, the more crucial timely service calls become, as older equipment has a higher likelihood of spreading unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.
Read on for solutions and general information about common issues pertaining to homes’ central heaters that can be solved by cleaning your furnace and replacing its filter. If you are in looking for a technician to help you with your furnace in New York, Ontario, Alberta or British Columbia, Smart Home Works will happily provide you with a free in-home consultation.
WHY YOU SHOULD CALL AN HVAC TECHNICIAN AND ASK FOR SERVICE ON YOUR FURNACE, IF IT IS OLDER THAN 10 YEARS OLD.
A furnace that is not running properly can pose a dangerous risk to your family’s health - deadly even. When your furnace’s flame is burning yellow instead of blue, it is an indication that its burner is not only working inefficiently, but it is also emitting carbon monoxide into your home’s ducts, and into your family’s living spaces. Carbon monoxide can produce symptoms ranging from headaches to oxygen deprivation. Older furnaces’ various parts also tend to accumulating rust, which can spread and gradually turn into micro fractures. Carbon monoxide can seep out through these cracks and injure you, when in high enough concentrations. CO detectors are mandatory in many states and provinces for reasons like these. Additionally, rust can accumulate and flake-up. These flakes, which are created by condensation and burning gases, can fall into your furnace’s burner, creating build-up, which reduces the efficacy of the flame that heats your home, turning the flame yellow.
Upgrading your furnace is advisable for furnaces older than 10 years old. Most modern furnaces come equipped with built-in sensors that will automatically notify technicians of a problem, or when service is needed. Many modern furnaces are also capable of shutting themselves off when they are not working optimally. We recommend upgrading your furnace every 10 years for these reasons, as well as the fact that newer furnaces are considerably more energy-efficient - saving your money while safeguarding your family’s health is a fulfilling job indeed... Additional advantages to upgrading your furnace include reducing household allergens and more consistently heating rooms, notably on the upper floors of your home.
YOUR FURNACE’S FILTER PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN PURIFYING YOUR HOME’S AIR, WHICH YOU BREATHE IN.
furnace maintenance cleaning professionalIgnoring your furnace’s regular required filter replacements can cause your motor, filter, fan and other parts to become overworked, which can increase your home’s energy consumption and reduces your air quality. An overworked furnace becomes prone to developing problems and many find themselves asking “How do I change my furnace’s filter?” Fortunately, this is pretty easy.
Simply open the inside front cover of your furnace and replace the old filter with a new one, which you can purchase at any home appliance, home renovation, home improvement or building supply store. You can find such information on the frame part - a moist sponge should wipe off any buildup and make it easier for your to make the writing out. Once you know what you're looking for, you can easily buy the part at a hardware store, or "go-to" online websites like Amazon, Walmart, Canadian Tire or an array of others - we recommend going to the store to minimize room for error.
PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CALL US TOLL-FREE FOR ASSISTANCE.
“Why does my furnace smell like dust when I turn it on?” - The most common question people ask our Ontario and Calgary-based HVAC Technicians about their homes’ central heaters can, more often than not, be resolved by replacing your old dusty filter. We do not recommend cleaning and reusing an old filter. The smell you experience is caused by the combustion chamber burning accumulated dust.
If your furnace continues to smell like dust after replacing the filter, we highly recommend calling a technician to ensure that there is no gas leak.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Smart Home Works for any questions or concerns about your home’s air heating or cooling needs. We will be happy to send a qualified and highly skilled technician to your location in order to upgrade, repair or replace your central heater or air conditioner. Smart Home Works provides annual maintenance, tune ups, cleanings and more as part of all of our services - making maintenance a breeze!