Why Your Furnace Filter Matters
We know that if you have followed us or any other HVAC company online, you’ve heard “it’s time to change your furnace filter”. Well, they’re probably right! The question is, why is that little filter so important that every HVAC company from here to Timbuktu tells you to change it so often?
Well, the short answer is that your filter can restrict airflow to the furnace and reduce the effectiveness of the AC or Furnace by not allowing enough air through to heat and cool your home. Unfortunately it’s a bit more complicated than just that and if you’re not changing your filter consistently you could be doing damage to your HVAC system that could cost you big repair bills or even the need to replace the whole HVAC system.
Now we get into the more important aspects of your furnace filter. Your filter is designed to prevent dust, debris and pet dander from entering your furnace. These things often can enter the HVAC system through vents or air returns and could be harmful to the blower wheel and other furnace components if the filter was not there. So the filter does the job of helping keep your air clean and free of these particles, it also helps keep your vents free of those things as well (to an extent).
Aside from blocking outside debris from entering your HVAC system, it also is the main source of air flow for the furnace and blower. Which means as you restrict the airflow, the furnace won’t blow air as hard from the vents and it will reduce the ability to heat and cool your home as well as cost you more money because the furnace or AC will have to run more to keep up.
It’s this constant running that could be damaging your HVAC system, by not having proper airflow you could be causing the system to work harder than needed to heat and cool, but also adding unnecessary stress to components as well. This will cause your system to break down prematurely and can be costly to fix. That’s the good news, the bad news is prolonged restricted airflow could damage your system beyond repair. This means you’ll have to replace the whole system long before its expected lifespan is over.
So we often encourage our customers to set reminders to change your filter and if you’re part of our Superior Club Membership you will get filter service as well to help you keep on top of your furnace filter.
If you’re having an airflow problem or your AC or Furnace isn’t working as it should, give us a call and we will be happy to get a technician out to see you and get you up and running again!
Furnace Manufacturers’ Recommendations
No matter what brand of furnace you have, the manufacturer is going to recommend that you have your furnace inspected and maintained by a certified technician. While this may seem like overkill, especially if you just installed your unit, skipping an inspection could mean that your warranty is voided. You could end up having to pay out of pocket for a repair cost that would have otherwise been covered by your warranty. In this case, annual furnace maintenance may not be completely necessary, but it is a smart and preventative measure that can save you money in the long run.
Ultimately, the simple answer to the question, “Do I need annual furnace maintenance?” is a clear, yes. While you may be able to go a few years without running into any problems, your furnace could be experiencing rust, corrosion, blocks, and leakages during that time. In the short term, these issues can affect the overall energy efficiency of your furnace. Over the long term, they can turn into major problems that leave you in the cold. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your furnace and your home.
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What is Included in the Annual Furnace Maintenance?
As you shop around for the right HVAC company to conduct your annual furnace inspection, you may notice that different companies refer to similar services by different names. A maintenance service may also be called an inspection, tune-up, check-up, or safety check. Ultimately, this is because there isn’t an industry gold standard for furnace maintenance and various companies will offer different levels of thoroughness.
You will want to make sure that you know exactly what is included in the maintenance service before you agree to hire the company. Here are some basic steps that should be included in your service:
- Check the entire vent system for leaks or blockages. All connection points both inside and outside of the furnace should be inspected and repaired if necessary.
- The technician should take a reading of the combustion gases and make sure that they are within range of the unit specifications.
- The heat exchanger should be checked for any signs of corrosion or rust.
- All of the burners should be igniting properly and producing a strong flame.
- The blower wheel should be inspected and cleaned. Any debris should be removed so that it can operate freely.
- The drainage system should be inspected for leaks and blockages. If necessary, the drain and trap should be cleaned.
- All the wiring should be visually inspected and tested. Any corrosion or other damage should be addressed.
- The blower access door should be tightly sealed.
Checking all these furnace components on an annual basis will identify any problems early on and make sure that your furnace fires up without a problem on the first cold day of the year. Without regular maintenance, you may find yourself suffering through the cold till an HVAC repair technician can visit your home.
Can I Do Annual Furnace Maintenance Myself?
If you have a general knowledge of furnaces, you could do a visual inspection of your unit and identify any problems. However, this could void your warranty and if you do find any problems, you would still need to call in a professional to make the repairs. Going the DIY route may save you a little money, but there is a chance you could end up spending much more to have an HVAC tech come in after-hours to do an emergency repair.
Regular maintenance is an inexpensive way to prolong the life of your furnace, avoid costly repairs and enjoy a comfortable home throughout the winter. Partner with an experienced technician who can schedule regular, annual appointments and conduct a thorough maintenance inspection for an affordable price.
Schedule an $85 Furnace Check-Up Special Today
Our team prides itself on helping save customers money on potential furnace repairs. Gain peace of mind going into the cold months knowing your furnace has been properly maintained by scheduling our $77 furnace check-up schedule today. Reserve your time slot by calling our office at (314) 209-7500 or fill out the online form below.
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