It may not always be the coldest day of the year when your furnace breaks down but we’re here to tell you it’s sure going to feel like it is! There are some pretty simple reasons why you may be to blame for your furnace breaking down when you most need it and we’ll tell you how to remedy those.
Simple Reason #1: Oops! We didn’t change the filter…again.
The typical furnace filter should be checked every 1-3 months. When it looks like a dirty filter, it should be replaced immediately. When a clogged filter is restricting the air it can take in, it puts unnecessary strain on internal components, cutting years off the lifespan of the entire furnace. Eventually, a dirty filter will suffocate your furnace, forcing it to work harder and harder until it just dies.
Simple Reason #2: Blocked air vents
Closing air vents increases energy bills and eventually causes the furnace to shut down. Closing vents increases the pressure inside your home’s air ducts and the extra pressure puts strain on your furnace’s blower, which can cause it (and eventually other furnace components) to shut down. Prior to it shutting down you’ll experience other problems such as increased duct leakage, decreased comfort and a higher energy use resulting in spending far more than you need to in order to heat your house.
Simple Reason #3: Not getting annual maintenance done
When you have your furnace maintained every year by Stan and his Plumb Perfect team, we clean and lubricate all components on your furnace. This reduces friction during operation that could cause damage. We’ll also pinpoint and correct small issues that could eventually lead to costly repairs or a furnace breakdown.
Regular furnace maintenance can help you save on your monthly heating bills. For example, during every maintenance visit, we will inspect and replace your furnace filter if needed, which can reduce your HVAC system’s energy consumption by up to 15%. Furnace maintenance will keep your furnace running smoothly and it will cut down your monthly energy bills. According to Energy.gov, annual maintenance prevents costly furnace breakdowns and repairs.