A furnace is essential for keeping your Newburgh, IN, home comfortable during the fall and winter. However, many people forget or skip furnace maintenance without realizing the adverse effect this can have on you and your household members. Here are three risks you may face if you neglect fall HVAC maintenance.

1. Carbon Monoxide Intoxication

The most vital component of your furnace is the heat exchanger. Its duty is to eradicate the poisonous gases created due to combustion in the unit. Thus, the heat exchanger tends to contract and expand because of the regular change in the furnace’s temperature.

After some time, this can lead to cracks, making room for poisonous gases to escape through the cracks into the building. And since carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, those cracks may pose a threat if you don’t schedule annual furnace maintenance.

2. Poor Indoor Air Quality

Failure to maintain your furnace will result in the clogging of air filters. Once the air filters are fully blocked, they will no longer hold airborne particles, coating the ducts and the furnace with debris and dust. The next thing you will notice is that the furnace is circulating the particles throughout your entire house.

The circulation of dust and other particles will result in poor indoor air quality, putting your family’s health at risk. Furnace maintenance is not only crucial to your system but also essential for your health. Changing and cleaning the air filters and system is necessary if you want to safeguard your health and those who live with you.

3. Breakdowns

Most furnaces can last for over 15 years if they are properly maintained. However, failure to maintain the system results in wear and tear in some of its components, causing premature malfunctioning. Besides that, when dirt accumulates in some parts of the system, it can result in moisture buildup, which leads to rusting.

When you schedule regular maintenance service, the technician will identify the imminent problems and fix them before they escalate. Remember, the cost of replacing one component is lower than the price of replacing the entire furnace unit.

If you want to learn more about the importance of furnace maintenance, call OnTIME Service today. We have qualified technicians who can help you safely attain your comfort goals.

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