Don’t let dust destroy your furnace! These tiny particles are a problem in every home and no matter how many times you polish the furniture or sweep the floors, dust will always return. When you consider how much dust can collect on a cabinet in a matter of a week, you can only image how much dust could be getting into the furnace that comes in contact with all of the air in the home. Even those homeowners that religiously change their filter every month can’t prevent dust from accumulating inside the unit. For those that have the furnace cleaned yearly, this dust isn’t a big problem. However, those that neglect cleanings and wait for the unit to breakdown before calling Four Seasons will find that a little dust can go a long way towards destroying valuable parts in the furnace.
How Do You Know if You Have a Dust Problem in Your Furnace?
Many homeowners may read this and be in denial that they have a problem at all. These are the people that have been lucky enough to make it this long without a problem with their furnace and are therefore firm believers that furnace tune ups are a waste of time and money. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong and they will see the consequences of their mistake in the long run. But, if you’d like to know whether or not dust is affecting your system, just turn it on and wait for air to begin circulating. Does the house suddenly smell like something awful is burning? If so, you smell the dust inside your furnace burning off. If you notice this smell every year, you could have years of burnt on gunk inside your furnace. When you have a cleaning done on your system before you start it up for the season, this smell does not appear. This smell is not normal and it is a sign that your furnace could use a professional cleaning from Four Seasons.
The Consequences of Having a Dusty Furnace
- The Burners: Years of burnt on dust will have an effect on the furnace’s performance, and the problem begins at the burners. Normally they burn blue and white and extremely hot! When they are coated in year’s worth of dust, they loose some of their ability to burn as hot as they are made to. This could look like flicks of orange or red in the flames and it signals a furnace that isn’t burning as hot as it could. Therefore the system must run for longer periods of time in order to create the heat the home demands.
- The Heat Exchanger: A dust coated heat exchanger also looses its efficiency when attempting to transfer heat to the air that passes over it, but what is more scary is the potential for the part to develop cracks. A poorly cared for heat exchanger is more likely to crack and emit harmful combustion gases into the air circulation of the home. This reason alone should convince you that a furnace cleaning is worth having performed.
- The Blower Motor: The blower motor is another part that is sensitive to dust buildup. The blades become coated and sooner rather than later the part becomes unbalanced and fails to function all together. This is not one of the cheapest parts to repair on your unit, and it could be saved by a simply yearly maintenance cleaning.
Many other parts inside your furnace can suffer from dust damage. Don’t wait for an inconvenient breakdown to call Four Seasons and get on the phone now!