Typically, we tend to focus on ways to improve the lifespan and efficiency of your furnace. This week, though, we figured we’d switch it up in the interest of keeping things fresh. Do you harbor a deep and abiding hate for your furnace for some reason? Does the very idea of centralized forced air heating make your blood boil? Have you sworn a blood oath to end your furnace as quickly as possible? Well, we’ve gotta say, that’s incredibly weird. But, far be it from us to judge. If you’re out to destroy your furnace, here are three great ways to do it!
Refuse to Size It Properly
Not all furnaces perform equally well in all environments. Just because a furnace is the biggest system that can fit in your home, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to install it. Furnaces that are too large will generate so much output that the thermostat will shut them down before they’ve had a chance to complete a full heating cycle. On the opposite end of the spectrum, furnaces that are too small will have to stay on for longer than they were designed to in order to reach the proper temperature. Either way, a furnace that is not sized properly is going to be less efficient and live a shorter lifespan than one that is.
Don’t Schedule Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is one of the single best ways to ensure that a furnace stays in good shape. It allows a professional heating technician to examine the system on a regular basis, identifying and solving issues with the furnace before they have the chance to get out of hand. Scheduling preventive maintenance on a regular basis can increase the energy efficiency of your furnace by up to 40%, reduce the chances of serious issues affecting the system by up to 90%, and extend its effective lifespan by a number of years. So, if you’re out to kill your furnace, don’t schedule preventive maintenance ever! Just wait for a problem to present itself before doing anything about it, or better yet…
Don’t Call for Repairs Promptly
Even with preventive maintenance, there is a good chance that your furnace will develop a problem of some kind between maintenance appointments. If and when you notice something suspicious that indicates your furnace is malfunctioning in some way, the system would be best served by you calling for repairs as soon as possible. Some signs that the furnace is malfunctioning include:
- Strange noises
- Falling heating output
- Rising monthly bills
- Short cycling
- Failure to start
If you’re interested in protecting your furnace, you should call for repairs as soon as you notice anything like the above symptoms. If you’re trying to destroy your furnace, though, then don’t worry about it at all! Just ignore any and all signs that the system is struggling and see what happens.
Climate Masters provides full furnace repair services in St. Augustine, FL. If you need help restoring your furnace to proper health, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.