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Dirt CAN Hurt Your Heater


“Dirt don’t hurt!”

We’ve likely all heard this phrase or some variation of it. And while, yes, getting a little dirty won’t kill you, the same cannot be said for your heater. The internal components of your heater actually need to stay as clean as possible to operate well. A little bit of build-up won’t force your heater to break down (which is good since the combustion process in a furnace creates its own residue) but a lot of dirt collecting over time can create a variety of problems.

The issue created by an overly dirty heater can be counteracted with professional heating repair in Irmo, SC. We can provide you with the services you need to get your heater back in order. Curious about what a little dirt can do? We’ve provided that information for you below!

If you need maintenance or repairs for your heating system, make sure you contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling.

What Dirt Can Do to Your Heater

All too often people underestimate the impact that dirt and other debris can have on their heating systems. Whether it is a furnace or a heat pump, if too much dirt and debris is able to collect within the system it can hinder the heating process and cause additional damage too. This can include:

  • Clogged furnace burners: If you have a gas-powered furnace, you want to make sure that the burners are kept clean and clear. If too much debris gets into your furnace, it can collect on and clog the burners. This can lead to trouble with the ignition of those burners, creating extra stress on your furnace and will mess with the creation of heat.
  • An overly dirty evaporator coil: Have a heat pump? Dirt can still cause problems for you! When dirt and debris get into your heat pump system they can end up collecting on the evaporator coil. This may not seem like an issue, but even a little bit of debris on that coil can start to hinder the transfer of heat into your home. If the coil gets dirty enough, it can put your system at risk of overheating and can make it almost impossible to warm up the house.
  • Clogged filters: Your heater has a filter in it that is meant to collect airborne dirt and other debris to keep it out of the internal components of your heater. If this filter isn’t changed out or cleaned regularly (every one to three months is recommended) it can become clogged. This will reduce the flow of air into your heater and can mess with the heating process, leaving you chilled and stressing your system.

When it comes to your home comfort, dirt and debris aren’t your friends. Thankfully, with our help, you can keep those unwanted particles out of your system and keep your heating system in great shape.

Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, you can come to us to get the service you need. Systems this important should only be trusted in the hands of trained professionals and that is exactly who you’ll find at Fulmer Heating & Cooling.

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