3 Signs Of Furnace Trouble You Should Never Ignore

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Nobody likes to spend money on home repairs, but sometimes people forget how heavily they rely on important appliances like heaters. In an effort to save money and to avoid hassle, many folks decide to wait problems out. Unfortunately, failing to act when you notice certain signs of furnace trouble can cost you more than money. Here are three heater issues you should never ignore, and what types of things could happen if you do.  

1: Unreliable Heating

Although people have a hard time coming to terms with the mortality of their furnace, the fact of the matter is that every device has a lifespan. Most furnaces only last about 15-20 years. As furnace components age, they tend to work less effectively. Your air blower might not be capable of generating as much heated air as it once did, or your system might turn on and off unexpectedly. 

Oftentimes when people start dealing with unreliable heating, they cope with the problem by bundling up or using indoor space heaters. Unfortunately, without a working heater, your home can reach remarkably cold temperatures in no time, which can be hazardous to your health.

For example, this past January an elderly California man was found unresponsive in his home. After he was rushed to the hospital, it was discovered that he was suffering from hypothermia caused by living in a building with a broken heater.

Although it is easy to assume that heat is more of a comfort, the fact of the matter is that it can be crucial to your survival.  Call a professional HVAC contractor from a company like Comfortable Home Furnace Specialist right away if your system doesn't seem to be warming your house properly. They will be able to inspect your furnace for wear and repair any problems before you are faced with living in the cold.  

2: Dirty Air Circulation

During the dead of winter, fresh air is a little harder to come by. In addition to not being able to open your windows to allow a warm breeze to blow in, most people find themselves indoors most of the day. Unfortunately, indoor air can become polluted easily by cooking fumes, animal dander, and cleaning products. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air is up to 70 times more polluted than the air you breathe outside.

Over time, these pollutants coupled with dust and dirt coat the inside of your air ducts, where they are continually re-circulated through your home. The average four-bedroom home with two main living areas is capable of producing as much as 40 pounds of this debris every single year. When dirty air is allowed to circulate, it can aggravate allergies, or make your home smell musty.

In order to clear the air, consider having your air ducts cleaned professionally. These specialists use devices that work to simultaneously brush the insides of your ducts, while suctioning out harmful dust, dander, and other pollutants. Not only will this service make your indoor air much cleaner, but it will also keep your heater running efficiently.

3: Yellow Flames Inside your System

Have you ever peeked through the little vents on the side of your heater? If you have, you probably noticed several different little blue flames that were furiously working to heat your air. One giant sign of trouble that you should never ignore is a flame that flickers yellow.

Your furnace combines air and natural gas, and uses that fuel mixture to generate heat from flames. When your heater gets dirty, however, it is not capable of creating the proper mixture that it needs to in order to burn completely, which generates carbon monoxide. This odorless gas can cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and even death.

To protect your family, install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home. Check your furnace occasionally to make sure that the flames are burning blue. Contact a professional at the first sign of trouble, and never ignore a detector that signals a problem.

Noticing the early signs of furnace trouble can help you address issues in a timely manner, so that you can keep your home comfortable and your family safe. 

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10 September 2014

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