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A Dirty Furnace Is Serious Business

Appliances get dirty over time, this is just a reality of being a homeowner. It’s not just our indoor appliances either, cars, trucks, tools, and even our favorite pieces of furniture gather dust and can get dirty. In most cases, a rag of soapy water or some conventional cleaning supplies will do the trick.

In the case of a dirty furnace, however, you might run into more problems than you might initially think. Furnaces do complicated work in order to keep your home comfortable and safe. Even just a small amount of dust or dirt could clog up the system and cause it to break down or run less efficiently. In some cases, the soot or grime that builds up on the burners could cause your furnace to crack and become unsafe as well.

From the inside to the outside, it’s important to call for furnace repair in Gastonia, NC in case you’ve got a dirty system.

A Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter can be a problem for your home’s comfort and budget–but luckily, the solution is in your hands!

The air filter is one of the only components of a furnace that we actively encourage our customers to replace on their own. It exists outside of the furnace box itself and sits in the return air ducts which is where the untreated air goes into the system. Usually it’s marked by a flap or some kind of label that shows the air filter is there.

Make sure you take note of the size, type, and direction the air filter is facing so you can replace it correctly. Don’t worry, we can help you if you get stuck!

A Dirty Furnace Casing

When you touch the casing of your furnace, is is covered in a layer of dust or dirt? Or perhaps you can’t even get to your furnace because there are boxes of luggage and old pieces of furniture scattered around your basement. This is a sign that you likely don’t have proper ventilation for your furnace.

There needs to be at least a couple feet around your furnace of unblocked airflow so the system doesn’t overheat or run into any problems. This kind of tidying up can go a long way toward extending the lifespan of your system.

Dirty Burners

Dirty burners might impact your furnace as much if not more than the aforementioned problems, but the solution is a bit trickier. You can replace your air filter and clean the furnace’s exterior on your own, but you can’t clean the burners without getting into some dangerous territory.

Dirty burners can have trouble igniting the gas and ultimately start wearing down on your system and it’s sensitive components. If you’re hearing a “booming” noise coming from the unit, or it’s generally sputtering to turn on, you’ll need a professional to fix it. Our technicians can clean your burners and relieve your system of the dirt and grime so it works as efficiently as possible.

It’s time to get in touch with Ace Hardware Home Services. Just remember–Call Ace Hardware Home Services!

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