Many homeowners get by every heating season on pure luck. They perform little to no maintenance on their heating system, and somehow the system continues to function properly. However, these are the people that often end up with some of the worst problems when the unit eventually does breakdown.
One of the worst problems you could have with your furnace or boiler is soot buildup. When this problem goes unchecked, black soot will become caked onto the internal components of the heating system, and if you have a system that uses duct work to distribute heat, your entire home could become coated in this black residue. Sounds disgusting right? Not only is this problem a hassle to deal with, it could also have dangerous side effects that could seriously harm your family.
How Soot Forms in Your Furnace
When your furnace or boiler is gas powered, it uses the process of combustion to create heat for your home. This process has carbon bi-products, like carbon dioxide, that are filtered out of the home by a venting system. When there is a problem with combustion, the carbon bi-products are not formed completely and carbon deposits, or soot, begin to build-up on the inside of the furnace or boiler. A common indicator of a combustion problem is when the flames inside the furnace are burning with a yellow or orange flame. Flames should be blue, not yellow. The burners are not getting hot enough to burn off the gas properly. You may also want to check your air filters for black deposits, because this could be a sign of soot buildup in the furnace as well.
What You Can Do About It
If you suspect that your furnace or boiler is having a problem that could lead to soot build-up, you need to contact the professionals at Four Seasons as soon as possible. Scheduling a yearly maintenance check will prevent any major problems from occurring, and it could be your chance to find out what is causing your combustion problem in the first place. Putting off having this service done will only cost you in the end. Poor combustion means that your furnace or boiler is not using its gas supply as efficiently as it possibly could. This results in your unit using more gas than necessary to heat your home which in turn drives up your energy costs.
When Your System is beyond Repair
Also, ignoring this problem can lead to major system failure. Aside from major parts like the blower motor becoming clogged, the heat exchanger is put in jeopardy when soot is allowed to build up in the system. This often leads to cracks or rust that can allow carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases to leak into the main areas of the home. These are problems that require system replacement, and for many homeowners, the cost of a cleaning is much more affordable than the cost of a new heating system.
However, if it is too late for your heating unit, Four Seasons can set you up with a new high efficiency furnace or boiler and a maintenance plan that will ensure that your new unit doesn’t meet the same demise as the one before. Protecting your family’s comfort and safety is often your main priority as a homeowner, and when it comes to heating your home, trust Four Seasons to make the maintenance of your heating systems something that you never have to worry about.