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How Dust and Dirt Negatively Affect Your Heating System

You’ve probably seen a thick, stubborn layer of dirt on things sitting in your garage, or maybe on items that have been in your basement for a long time. That same layer can and will accumulate on your heating system and its components, gumming things up and making operation cumbersome and difficult. Annual maintenance is the best solution for getting rid of that stubborn layer, and experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling are ready to take your call and schedule you for professional heating maintenance in Pittsburgh.

The Problems Caused by Dust and Dirt

Here are the main problems dust and dirt can cause to your heating system:

  • Friction for moving parts – there tend to be a number of moving parts in heating systems, particularly with furnaces. This is why lubrication is necessary. However, dust particles will absorb the lubricant, and dirt particles will get into the finer workings of your system, creating friction and grinding. If the components aren’t cleaned, it will only be a matter of time before malfunction occurs.
  • Clogged air filters – if you use a furnace or a heat pump, there is an air filter in your system. The job of the air filter is to capture large particles of dirt and dust, but excessive amounts of dirt and dust will clog the filter and choke off the air flow in your system. When the air flow is significantly decreased, you will likely experience systemic problems.
  • Pilots and your fuel line can be affected – if you have a combustion heating system, dust and dirt can interfere with both ignition and the right mixing of air and gas. This can be dangerous but also leave you without the heat you need.

The best way to make sure your system isn’t covered in a problematic layer of dust and dirt is to schedule professional maintenance. Call our experts today and get your heating system ready for the coming winter!

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