Bad Habits that Can Hurt Your Furnace
The best way to prevent the need for furnace repairs is to schedule regular maintenance visits. However, routine maintenance cannot counteract the effects of bad habits that cause furnace damage. You could be engaging in behaviours that you may not realize are affecting the condition of your furnace.
The East Side Ventilation team is always happy to address your home heating needs and perform furnace repair in your Winnipeg home. We hope that by exploring ways to care for your HVAC equipment, you may limit the amount of repair work that your heating system requires.
Avoid these Habits to Prevent Furnace Disasters
By identifying bad habits that are affecting your furnace, you could lengthen its life and avoid some costly repairs. Here are some of the patterns that may be causing damage to your furnace, as well as some good habits you can implement
· Dirty Air Filter: A dirty air filter prevents your furnace from emitting air properly. Over time, a neglected filter can trigger the limit switch in your furnace to run. This switch is an important safety feature. When it is engaged though, it will prevent the furnace from operating as it should, and cold air will circulate throughout your home instead. To circumvent this entire process, be sure that you clean or replace your air filter regularly.
· Strange Noises: You may quickly become accustomed to strange sounds coming from your furnace, but you should not ignore them. If your furnace is making rocking, rattling, or rolling noises, these sounds are an indication of potential malfunctions. Listen to the noises your furnace makes so you can contact our team to describe the sounds and schedule a service visit.
· Closed Vents: You may believe that by shutting the vents in unused areas, you are conserving energy and saving money. Unfortunately, this action could actually cost you money overall, and it does not really save energy. If too many vents remain closed, this could actually place a strain on the system and damage your furnace. Gaskets may melt and the heat exchanger could crack. If the heat exchanger becomes cracked, you may need to replace your furnace. The best practice is to leave the vents open. If you wish to conserve energy, try lowering the thermostat by a few degrees.
· Vent Obstruction: Allowing a piece of furniture or another object to obstruct a vent can have the same effect as closing the vent. You could find yourself with a furnace that needs to be replaced sooner than expected. You might also discover that the object that was covering the vent has been damaged by repeated, direct exposure to the hot air from your furnace. Inspect all of your vents periodically to be certain nothing is obstructing them.
· Flood Damage: If your home recently experienced a flood, check to see whether the furnace was harmed. If it was, you should not ignore the damage until a problem manifests. In fact, simply getting the furnace replaced is probably not a viable option, either. In such cases, furnace replacement is generally advisable.
By changing a few habits now, you could save yourself a lot of money in the future. At East Side Ventilation, we know that not all furnace problems can be prevented. On the other hand, proper care and maintenance may go a long way toward ensuring that you get the best performance from your heating equipment.
Contact us for answers to any questions you might have about the furnace in your Winnipeg home. You can call us at 204-667-8700. Also, do not hesitate to use our online contact form.