Normally, this blog is devoted to showing you the best ways to keep your HVAC systems in top condition for as long as possible. Today, however, we decided to be a bit tongue-in-cheek and go in the opposite direction. Do you have an abiding hatred for your furnace and all that it stands for? Do you hate being warm and comfortable in cold weather? Do you want to make sure that your furnace goes to an early grave, or junk pile as the case may be? If so, you are in luck because that is what we are here to do today! We’ve outlined the three best ways to ensure your furnace breaks down permanently many years sooner than expected.
Install the Wrong Size
Yes, folks. In some cases, size absolutely does matter. Furnace installation is one of those cases. Installing a furnace that is too large or too small will cause all kinds of issues for the system right off the bat. A furnace that is too large will not be able to complete a full heating cycle, as it will reach the target temperature too quickly and be shut down. If the furnace is too small, it will have to operate for quite a bit longer on average than it normally does. Both issues result in the same consequences: increased wear and tear culminating in more issues and a shorter lifespan. So, if you want to ensure that your furnace is dysfunctional throughout its short life, install one that is too large or too small for your home.
Don’t Schedule Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your furnace. It gives your heating technician the chance to find problems early, and resolve them before they have the chance to do any real damage. This should be done at least once a year to increase the efficiency and lifespan of your furnace. Of course, if you want to make sure that your furnace lives as short a life as possible you should do the exact opposite. Never schedule preventive maintenance for your system. Just wait for problems to present themselves through things like causing your system to lose output, or break down entirely, before you call for repairs. That should give whatever is ailing the system plenty of opportunity to damage it before being fixed.
Don’t Call for Repairs at All!
It’s a good idea to know ahead of time the kinds of signs and symptoms that indicate a problem with your furnace. Low output, strange noises, short cycling, and the like are all signs that your furnace is malfunctioning in some way. The faster you can recognize these signs, the faster you can have whatever the issue is dealt with before it can harm the furnace. So, if your goal is to shorten the lifespan of your furnace, just don’t do that! Ignore any and all signs that something is not right with your system, and it will surely break down in no time.