Northern Wisconsin Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling

Rusty Heating Systems - A Bad Day.

When the Frasier’s heating technician arrived at this client’s home, he found a blackened 1″ air filter, rotting burners, and a plugged secondary heat exchanger.

“The furnace is not heating the house well.” she had said to him. She could see why when he showed her the burners.

Similar to a car’s engine, there are many reasons why corrosion, rust, and rot can happen in a furnace.

It can be difficult to tell, after the fact, what can make a furnace break down. But, just like any mechanical system, furnaces and boilers break down with age.

THAT BEING SAID, THERE ARE WAYS TO MAKE YOUR FURNACE OR BOILER LAST TO IT’S FULL LIFE EXPECTANCY.

1. MAKE SURE YOUR FURNACE OR BOILER IS INSTALLED PROPERLY.

A system that is improperly installed will not burn well and may be over-worked. Similar to driving a brand new vehicle hard, this is the fastest way to system failure. Many home owners are surprised when their brand new heating system fails within 5 years of their home being built. More often than not, we discover that the furnace was either installed incorrectly, or is the wrong size for the home – making it work extra hard or in ways it was not intended to. Just like a Corolla wasn’t made for pulling boats, and a F-350 wasn’t made for city driving, furnaces should fit their home.

2. GET YOUR FURNACE OR BOILER INSPECTED ANNUALLY.

We all know that cars need regular tune-ups. Heck, most of us tune our chainsaws and ice augers annually too. Your heating system needs this care too. Think about it – one of the hardest things for any machinery to do is shut on and off repeatedly. Yet, with the way most of us fiddle with the thermostat, (not talking to you, WIFI thermostat nerds users) that’s exactly what we make the heating system do. The problem is compounded when a home is not insulated well or if the system is the wrong size for the house. That is when furnace components break down. They don’t just fail – the components begin to corrode and fall apart from the constant strain of being super-heated repeatedly every day for days on end.

3. HAVE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM CLEANED ANNUALLY.

Josh found that not only did the system have a 1″ thick filter (the hardest thickness for a system because it’s the densest), but it was black with soot. This means that the system had been running hard and dirty for a long time. Without even seeing the furnace or air filter, the homeowner knew the furnace must be dirty because of her high utility bills. A dirty furnace is a failing furnace. The simplest way to avoid these expensive repairs is to get your furnace or boiler cleaned completely at least once a year.

Having your furnace or boiler regularly inspected will do more than save you money on repairs and utilities – it can also save your life. Recently, we shared the story of when we received an after-hours call from a homeowner who suspected their boiler might be poisoning them with carbon monoxide. One of our technicians ended up saving their lives by calling 911 when he arrived at the home. You can read that story and watch WJFW’s coverage of it here: Carbon Monoxide Scare.

If you suspect your system is affecting your utility bills, let us know using the contact form below. We’ll get a licensed and certified technician to your home to do a thorough inspection of your furnace or boiler. If they find anything, they will show you and provide you with clearly explained options so that you can decide what to do next.

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