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How Furnace Maintenance Can Save Your Life

Carbon Monoxide Leaks are reduced with regular furnace maintenance
January 16, 2017

Did you know that going without regularly scheduled furnace maintenance could be a deadly mistake? The air your family breathes in your home shouldn’t have to be a worry, but your furnace may be leaking invisible gas – carbon monoxide – that can put your family in danger. A handful of issues, large and small, can be detected and fixed with a regular maintenance plan. Scheduling furnace maintenance should be on the top of your to-do list before your furnace gets turned on each year. From gasses to allergens, there may be many different problems that can lead to a dangerous home or office space in your home or office.

What Milltown will provide for you in your Furnace Maintenance Appointment:

A furnace is a complex machine with many different parts, and should not be taken on as a Do-It-Yourself project. Calling a technician from Milltown will ensure that you get

  • Timely Service and 24/7 Coverage
  • Licensed and insured Professionals
  • Expert Maintenance, Repair, or Installation
  • Advice on the right selection of size and type of furnace for your needs
  • Professional advising on cost-efficient options for repair versus replacement
  • Residential or Commercial services

Milltown Plumbing is here for all of your furnace concerns and questions!

What Requires Furnace Maintenance

A furnace crack can lead to dangerous leaks that allow carbon monoxide into the home – a gas that can become lethal if it is not detected and corrected immediately. Furnace maintenance ensures that your furnace is cleaned, prepped, and ready to go.

A typical furnace maintenance check-up will include:

 

Cleaning the Coils A coil in a furnace has hundreds of tiny air passages where the air is blown past the heating element and then through ducts in your home to heat it. These coils naturally will collect dirt and debris over time, which can block these holes and severely limit the quality and efficiency of the heating unit. Because coils in some units also conduct cold air through as well, the coils are a prime place for mold. What better place to traffic mold through your home than at the source of your circulated air? A furnace maintenance appointment will clear any elements away from the coils to refresh them to a healthy and effective state.

Clean Your Filter: The filter is the last stop before air heads into your home from the furnace, catching allergens, mold, dust, and debris so that it doesn’t make it into your air. If the filter isn’t maintained, however, it can become overfilled and rendered useless. A filter needs to be cleaned to keep its effectiveness intact.

Save You Money: The efficiency of your furnace is an important factor to consider when you’re looking at your budget. When your furnace is working overtime to heat your home, the energy bill will take the impact. If your furnace is working overtime because it’s heating too large of a space, or if your furnace is running longer to make up for dirty coils or filters, your energy usage is going to rise. Furnace maintenance will ensure that you are using the right furnace for the job and that it’s doing its job the most efficiently. Your money shouldn’t be used on problems or expensive replacements that are preventable.

Check for Potentially Deadly Malfunctions: Cracks, leaks, and fissures that allow gas out of the furnace will be detected during a furnace maintenance appointment, alerting you when your furnace may be broken or in need of replacement. A furnace maintenance schedule each year will ensure that you are never unaware of leaking gasses, namely carbon monoxide, that can turn your home into a deadly trap. Because carbon monoxide is a clear, odorless gas, it can go unnoticed until it is too late. As a lethal, silent poison, carbon monoxide leaks are the most dangerous aspect of furnaces that need regular maintenance.  A technician will be able to expertly determine where a furnace may be emitting gas, but investing in a CO detector and replacing your batteries yearly is an advisable step for all homeowners to take. Other symptoms of CO contamination include the rapid onset of headaches or becoming dizzy or light-headed. If you experience these symptoms, evacuate your home and call Milltown immediately! We are on-call for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure that your furnace is properly functioning.

How Often Should I Schedule Furnace Maintenance?

Every year, your furnace should be evaluated for cracks and leaks to ensure your home is safe and comfortable. A Once-a-year cleaning is strongly recommended and will make sure there isn’t a building problem from debris or mechanical parts showing signs of fatigue check over here. Having your furnace maintained by a professional is cost-effective in the long run, as it may prevent you from emergency replacement further down the line.

Call us today to schedule prompt and professional furnace maintenance – your health and safety depend on it!