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What Happens If You Don’t Maintain Your HVAC System

What Happens If You Don't Maintain Your HVAC System?

Sometimes it's hard to feel motivated to take care of your home, especially the HVAC. After all, you have plenty to do in the meantime. You may work long hours, you may raise your children alone, or you may struggle to make ends meet every month. Things happen. However, ignoring your HVAC unit isn't a very good idea. No matter how much we don't like to admit it, looking after our HVAC system is part of a homeowner's life. Think twice before neglecting your HVAC system this season. For your convenience we've added a link to the HVAC Maintenance Checklist!

1. Dust & Dirt

Have you ever noticed how the TV seems to naturally attract dust whenever you're not looking at it? HVAC is no different: if you don't clean and dust off its components, expect to find dirt. Dirt isn't the only thing that builds up. Mold, mildew, and yes, dust too, can all gather and spread throughout your home, resulting in a cluttered house.

All the parts of the air conditioning system work together to circulate air and heat or cool a room. When air passes through dirty components, the machine consumes more energy, and dirty coils do not move cool, clean air efficiently. This will result in an inefficient HVAC system, which will cost you hundreds of dollars over time.

2. Exposure To Carbon Monoxide

If you have a furnace in your house, it, too, might fail in various ways. If this system is not maintained, it can lead to gas leaks, which obviously are quite dangerous. There is usually a combustion chamber with a furnace, which is where the gas is transferred to and burned to heat the air. In addition to carbon monoxide, which is colorless and odorless, this process also releases other toxic gases. If you have a properly cleaned furnace, the carbon monoxide will be vented out the flue, leaving your home warm and, most importantly, safe.

However, if an exhaust system is not properly maintained, it can cause problems. Furthermore, if you don't have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, it's also dangerous since it's difficult to detect carbon monoxide. As a result of clogged exhausts, gas builds up inside the house, causing carbon monoxide to spread. Unless it's addressed immediately, this is extremely dangerous for everyone inside!

3. Furnace Problems and Gas Leaks

Not only will gas leaks occur more frequently if you don't repair your HVAC system, but also refrigerant leaks. We at US Home Filter hear about leaks often from our customers. The following are some common causes of these:

  • Dirt and debris block the drain hole
  • Breakdown of the condenser pump
  • The HVAC system's seals are not tight enough
  • Dirt, debris, and other mucky particles have clogged up the hose.

All of these scenarios can occur if you decide not to maintain your HVAC system. Fixing the problem rather than preventing it from occurring will only increase the cost of repairs.

4. Massive Air Filter Damage

When spring arrives, don't people sneeze all the time? What if you weren't able to stop yourself? This is what happens if your HVAC air filters aren't cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. 

The air filter's role is not just to adjust the temperature of your home, but also to remove all airborne particles that could cause health issues. Whenever you refuse to clean the filter, you are leaving pollen, allergens, dander, and dust throughout your home and inhaling them. By leaving the gunk buildup, you're also going to get twice as much dirt and dander. 

Not just you, but those around you will also suffer. Dust and dirt buildup can block your HVAC's ability to circulate heat or cold. When you don't replace it or clean it, you are reducing the lifespan of your HVAC dramatically. If your HVAC system is clogged severely, it will fail prematurely due to excessive consumption of energy.

5. Power Issues

Despite having a shelf life, any mechanical equipment contains components that will wear out eventually. They include parts and wires that deliver power to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

A failure to address these components if there are minor issues will definitely lead to major problems fast. There is a possibility of power fluctuations, frequent system shutdowns, and ultimately a complete breakdown. They begin with the smaller issues we have already mentioned, such as restricted airflow and a lack of cleaning. Therefore, we insist that you perform regular maintenance on your HVAC, both yourself and with the help of a professional technician so that these major issues do not occur, and it also extends its lifespan significantly.

6. The Complete Breakdown

No one likes to deal with a broken air conditioner or heater. If you are a homeowner, there is nothing more frustrating than a heating or cooling problem when you need it the most. When you need your HVAC system to be as reliable as possible, the last thing you want to worry about is it breaking down. This is considerably more likely to happen if you do not keep your system up to date.

In the case of a broken system, you'll face unexpected expenses and professional repairs. This can also mean that your HVAC system is nearing the end of its life, which means you'll need to replace it soon.

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