Cleaning a Furnace – It’s a DIY Don’t!

Cleaning a Furnace – It’s a DIY Don’t!Published September 28, 2016 An HVAC technician inspects and cleans furnace ductwork.

Let’s face it – nobody wants to think about winter, especially now, when we’re enjoying some of the most comfortable temperatures we’ve seen in months. But like it or not, that first cold blast is right around the corner, and when it comes, you’ll want your furnace to be clean and ready to go. While there is a lot of information about cleaning your own furnace on the Internet, we’d like to caution you against tackling this job  on your own. In fact, you should consider cleaning a furnace a DIY Don’t!

You Need a Visual Inspection by a Trained Eye

One of the reasons it’s critical to have your furnace properly cleaned by an HVAC professional is the thorough visual inspection provided by their trained eye. He or she can spot hairline cracks in the combustion chamber, which could lead to carbon monoxide leaking into the air in your home. Often, these cracks are only visible when all the internal components have been properly cleaned.

Some Components Are Very Delicate — and Expensive

The problem with delving inside a complex HVAC appliance such as a furnace is that unless you know exactly what you are doing, you could cause more problems than you solve. A furnace cleaning expert will avoid damaging vital components, breaking fragile parts, or making unintentional adjustments which is – trust us on this – very easy to do.

You May Void the Warranty

Even if you did everything correctly, you may have just cost yourself thousands of dollars because you potentially voided the manufacturer’s warranty on your furnace. And if you caused damage while you were cleaning your furnace yourself, you’ll be really out of luck.

It’s a Matter of Safety and Efficiency

If the burner and other vital components inside your heating appliance are not cleaned to professional standards, your furnace may not be operating as well as it should.

But beyond efficiency, a properly cleaned furnace is a matter of safety. A clean gas furnace will burn fuel completely, releasing very little residual carbon monoxide into the air. Left uncleaned, the buildup that can accumulate inside a furnace may inhibit its ability to burn away harmful carbon monoxide gas, which could collect and seep into your house. If you’re not cleaning everything you should, you could be endangering yourself and your family. The money you think you might save in cleaning your own furnace just isn’t worth the risk.

Winter is Coming – Are You Ready?

Winter is coming. Is your furnace cleaned, inspected, and ready to go? Contact Blissfield Heating and Plumbing or give us a call at (517) 486-3575. Our team of professionals are on call and ready to assist you. Contact us today!

8593 E US Hwy 223
Blissfield, MI 49228
Phone: (517) 486-3575

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