Risks of Unmaintained HVAC Systems

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One may wonder why it matters to maintain the heating and cooling system at home regularly. It may seem like an unnecessary service that won’t do much to improve the little-thought-of machine in the house. However, one of the greatest benefits of HVAC maintenance is that it keeps a household safe. Leaving the HVAC unit alone for years on end can result in one or more of these dangerous risks.


An HVAC system can cause a house fire in several ways. If there is a gas leak, even a minimal one falling below the detection level, the escaped gas is highly flammable and can combust. Failing electrical equipment can also spark a flame. It is easy to miss deteriorating equipment as time goes on.

Carbon Monoxide

Breathing in carbon monoxide is dangerous and can be fatal. If you start smelling rotten eggs out of nowhere, immediately exit the house and call the fire department to investigate. The foul smell comes with the gas system to help you catch the otherwise odorless, invisible fumes. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. The gas can escape due to a leaky heat exchanger, stifled venting, or dirty filters. 

Polluted Indoor Air

Another risk of unmaintained HVAC systems is air pollution. Over time, dust and dirt can collect in the ductwork and spread throughout the house. The air filter is supposed to catch contaminants along the way, but that may not be enough to keep the system clean. Poor air quality can induce asthma and other illnesses.

Emergency Repair

The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is around 20 years. Even so, parts can break down before that time, and a family can find themselves in an uncomfortable position if the system fails at the peak of summer or winter. Such an emergency could have been avoided if the homeowner had caught the issue earlier.

The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance is beneficial for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is that of safety. Neglecting the unit for years can lead to serious or fatal losses. Protect your home and loved ones through straightforward, professional services. If you live in Maryland, make Ground Loop your go-to!


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