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How Dust and other Debris Can Cause Furnace Problems

Getting through a long winter in Northern Colorado requires a well-maintained heating system keeping your home comfortable. A furnace is one of the most dependable systems for weathering the winter, provided that you keep it in good repair. A clean and maintained furnace will have few problems from one of the main enemies it can face: dust and dirt.

We’ll go over a few of the ways that dust, dirt, and other debris can give your furnace grief. Make sure you schedule regular maintenance and prompt furnace repair in Windsor, CO with the experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

Problems from dust and debris

  • Clogged air filters: Your furnace filter handles the job of keeping contaminants from entering the cabinet and damaging its components. The furnace will start to collect debris and eventually become clogged if not changed once a month during the heating season. A clogged filter will restrict air flow and make your furnace work harder and wear down faster.
  • Burnt-out motors: If dust and debris enter the furnace cabinet, they can contaminate the moving parts of the blower motors. The additional stress will cause the motors to eventually burn-out and require replacement.
  • Reduced effectiveness of heat exchangers: The heat exchangers in gas furnaces are metal chambers that transfer the heat from the combustion gas to the air that then gets blown through the house. A layer of dust across the heat exchangers will reduce how much heat they can transfer, which will make the furnace run longer to reach the target temperature, draining fuel and shortening its lifespan.
  • Interference with the burners: If the burners are covered with a layer of dust, they will have trouble drawing the oxygen to light the jets. It also makes it harder for the jets to transmit heat to the combustion chamber.

Most of these troubles require professional repair. Don’t try to tinker around the inside of a furnace cabinet on your own without proper training or tools: call in specialists.

At Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, our motto is “Big enough to serve, small enough to care.” We have the staff and training to deliver you the service you need for furnace repair in Windsor, CO, but we also bring a personal touch that will reassure you about all the work that we do. Join our family of clients that has grown over the decades we’ve been in business and call us for all of your heating services in Windsor.

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