A faulty or neglected furnace can present a number of safety issues. On the more severe side, these issues can even be life-threatening. For instance, cracks or other problems involving the furnace’s heat exchanger can result in carbon monoxide being dispersed into living spaces, which at elevated levels can be fatal.
Also, a neglected furnace and its ductwork can contain dust, mold spores and other contaminants that can make their way into living spaces and play havoc with occupants suffering from allergies or respiratory problems. Additionally, worn or exposed wiring and debris buildup within a furnace — especially around the pilot light area — can create a serious fire hazard.
Leave it to the Pros
By having your furnace annually inspected and serviced by a reputable heating and air company, its longevity will very likely be increased and furnace-related safety concerns will be mitigated. Generally, the service professional will:
● Examine the furnace’s interior and exterior for wear, damage or debris buildup. This includes filters, blowers, sensors, the heat exchanger and all mechanisms and ductwork.
●Check burners and clean them, if necessary.
● Conduct safety tests on the heating equipment and the household itself. This may include a carbon monoxide test.
When it comes to your home heating system, maintenance and upkeep must be taken very seriously. Though you can perform relatively simple tasks yourself, it’s best to have an experienced professional comb through the system to ensure that it is operating safely and efficiently.
Written and published by Thompson Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.