Dangers of Furnace Maintenance Neglect

Dangers of Furnace maintenance neglectAre you trying to save a few bucks by stretching the time between furnace maintenance? Like your family’s automobile, your home heating system requires routine care to operate safely, efficiently, and reliably. When you let maintenance routine slide, you run the risk of your system breaking down in the worst of the winter weather, much like you run the risk of ending up stuck roadside at night in your vehicle.

The Dangers of Furnace Neglect Are More than an Inconvenience

With regular, timely furnace maintenance, you can prevent a host of serious issues, including:

  • Astronomical energy bills
    Home heating systems that are not properly maintained do not operate as efficiently as well-maintained systems. Because neglected systems have to work harder to heat your home, they will require much more energy to provide heating, which can dramatically impact your energy bills – and your finances.
  • Costly heating system repairs
    Your local hvac company knows many homeowners delay furnace maintenance to save money. However, when small problems are overlooked, they lead to added stress on the system, leading to larger, more costly repairs later.
  • Reduced furnace life
    When well cared for, quality furnaces last 15-20 years. However, neglected systems pushed to the limit are more likely to run the risk of total breakdown. This usually happens during winter weather extremes and could leave your family without heat when you need it most, while you’re left waiting in line for a new system installation.
  • Frozen and burst pipes
    If your heating system completely goes out in the dead of winter, problems can snowball real fast. A broken-down furnace can quickly lead you down the path to frozen pipes in a matter of hours, causing significant water damage in your home.
  • Carbon monoxide dangers
    Furnace heat exchangers, which expand and contract as temperatures change, often develop cracks over time. If overlooked, colorless, odorless carbon monoxide gas can leak, undetected, into your home, putting your family in danger. This problem in most cases can be quickly identified with a simple furnace safety inspection.
  • Poor indoor air quality
    Poorly maintained furnaces negatively impact the indoor air quality in your home. Though this is not as serious as carbon monoxide dangers, pushing excess dust, allergens, and pollutants throughout the air in your home is not a recipe for good health.
  • House fires
    Loose, worn wires, pilot light issues, and more can spark fires – or explosions – in neglected furnaces. These safety issues can be addressed with routine maintenance.

While we offer emergency service 24/7, much like the roadside assistance plan you have on your automobile, it’s best not to need it. Schedule your furnace maintenance now to avoid costly repairs in the height of the winter season when the waitlist for HVAC maintenance is long. Contact H & H Heating & Cooling to schedule home heating system maintenance today.


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