Over time any furnace system will become susceptible to various problems and may end up malfunctioning if not inspected regularly. A basic heating and cooling system can have more than 20 parts, each with a specific task, and any of them can breakdown or fail. This can cause increased heating costs, operating failure, and internal air pollution. However, these problems can be avoided by regular furnace repairs and tune-ups.
Ensure Safety to Family Members
A furnace burns fossil fuel and releases combustion gasses that contain harmful elements such as methane, carbon monoxide, small amounts of sulfur dioxide, and VOCs. The furnace heat exchanger by design, keeps these gases separate from the gases (air) you breath. The harmful gases within the heat exchanger are supposed to be released outside a building via the flue. However, it may malfunction and emit these gasses in the home. Regular inspections can help to prevent indoor air pollution and reduce health risks for family members.
Lessen the Chance of Breakdowns
Systems tend to break down when they are consistently working hard, like during the cold season or a holiday when there are many guests at home. During these cases, the furnace needs to work harder to maintain the indoor temperature. This increase in runtime increases the chances of a breakdown. With regular tune-ups and maintenance, it's possible to keep the furnace running seamlessly.
Keep Heating Costs Down
According to Energy Star, a heating and cooling system accounts for 46 percent of the utility bill for a 3,000 square foot single-family home. Malfunctioning heating systems tend to consume a lot of energy, and this is reflective in the bill. By regularly maintaining the furnace, homeowners can reduce energy costs.
Boost the Unit's Lifespan
Homeowners who experience a consistently broken down unit may need to replace it sooner. The Department of Energy encourages homeowners to invest in regular furnace maintenance to save money while boosting the longevity of their units. Typically, the longer a unit can keep running, the more money a homeowner can save. Replacing a unit can be costly as some good options range from $3,000 – $10,000.
Homeowners who practice regular furnace repair and maintenance can rest easy knowing they're reducing unnecessary costs while keeping their furnace running for years to come.
To learn more about your home’s furnace, heater, or air conditioner please give us a call 831-219-8644 Santa Cruz & Santa Clara or 415-949-0935. Be it a new furnace, new ducts, or repairs and maintenance to an existing system, Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air can help. Our comfort advisors are happy to meet in person, assess the situation, and give you the advice you need to decide between repairs, replacement and furnace installation in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Campbell, Mill Valley, San Rafael, & San Anselmo. Stay warm on even the coldest night with the help of Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air.