Gas Furnace Safety – If you have a gas furnace, it is important to know that it may produce some carbon monoxide that is released outside your home through the furnace’s vent. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can cause flu-like symptoms, disorientation, confusion, and even death.
A clean, efficiently burning gas furnace produces very small amounts of carbon monoxide. While a dirty, inefficiently burning one can produce deadly amounts. Newer gas furnaces are equipped with many features that shut the furnace off when a problem is detected. Older furnaces may not have these safety devices.
- Schedule your annual tune-up. One of the most important aspects of an annual furnace tune-up is that we check to make sure that your gas furnace running safely. We’ll look for any problems like a cracked heat exchanger or frayed wires that could lead to safety hazards in your home.
- Test your carbon monoxide detectors. A carbon monoxide leak is one of the biggest safety threats that a malfunctioning furnace can pose to your home. That’s why it’s important to check that all of your home’s carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Test all of the detectors in your home and install a fresh pair of batteries in each unit.
- Test your smoke alarms. Certain severe furnace problems can lead to fire hazards, which is why this is the time of year that you should also be checking your home’s smoke alarms. Test all of the smoke alarms in your home and install a fresh pair of batteries in each unit.
- Keep the area around your furnace clean and unobstructed. You can help minimize the chance of fire hazards from your furnace by keeping the area around your system clear.
- Change your air filter when it’s dirty. A dirty air filter will restrict airflow to your furnace. It will overwork your system and can potentially increase the risk of a carbon monoxide leak. A dirty filter will allow dirt to build up on your furnace’s components and cause a number of safety issues.
- Never operate the furnace without the front-panel door properly in place. Doing so may create the risk of CO poisoning. Most forced-air furnaces have a safety switch that prevents furnace operation when the door to the blower compartment is not in place.
- Do not close off more than 20 percent of the registers in your house. This can cause high resistance and unnecessary heat build-up in the furnace. In addition, vacuum dust, lint and animal hair from all registers.
- Call Grogg’s Home Services if you suspect any problems. You don’t want to take any chances with a fuel-burning appliance like your furnace. That’s why it’s always best to be on the safe side and contact Grogg’s if you suspect that anything’s wrong with your system.