FURNACE STOPPED HEATING? KEEP YOUR HOME'S GAS FURNACE VENTS FREE OF SNOW
Tuesday Jan 18th, 2022
KEEP YOUR HOME'S GAS FURNACE VENTS FREE OF SNOW
If your furnace stopped working after this last heavy snowfall, have a short walk to your gas furnace vents outside and make sure they are free of snow blockages.
In addition, check and replace air filter if dirty. Failure to regularly replace the dirty furnace air filters will shorten the lifespan of your heating system and cause moderate to severe issues:
DAMAGE TO THE HEAT EXCHANGER
A clogged furnace air filter will negatively affect the airflow throughout your house and HVAC system. The lack of fresh air in your furnace will cause the heat exchanger to become too warm and deactivate. Dirty filters indirectly cause short cycling issues and will make it hard to keep your home warm. We recommend replacing the clogged air filter prior to the summer season to prevent damage to your air conditioner compressor.
HIGH HEATING BILLS
The furnace utilizes a fan to circulate and recycle warm air throughout your home to maintain the temperature you have programmed into the thermostat. If the furnace air filter is dirty or clogged, the circulation fan will be required to utilize more power to distribute air. This will cause the total price of your heating bills to increase. It is important to continuously check and replace dirty air filters every 1 to 6 months to save money on energy usage.
POOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY
A clogged air filter will not be able to effectively block dust, debris, and other materials from entering your home. This will have a negative impact on family members that have allergies, asthma, or other physical conditions. To enhance the quality of your air, we recommend continuously replacing your air filter and investing in a whole-house humidifier.
CLOGS MAY CAUSE THE FURNACE TO SHUT DOWN
In the most severe cases, a dirty furnace air filter may cause damage to the internal components of the furnace. If the furnace isn’t able to turn on, this is an indicator of damage to the fan, pilot light, heat exchanger, pressure switches, gas valves, or other components. Since most types of furnace repair projects are expensive, we recommend regularly changing the air filter in your furnace to ensure it is clean.
INABILITY TO REACH A COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURE
The internal fan of the furnace is engineered to blow air through the HVAC air filter to provide air throughout the home. If you have a dirty air filter, it will become harder to pass air through the system. This will cause cold spots to form in various rooms of the home during the Winter season. To keep the house comfortable, please remember to swap clogged air filters every 1 to 6 months.