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Heating Safety Concerns You Should Know about

plastic-white-smoke-detector-flameIn this part of the country, we use our air conditioners a lot more than we use our heaters. As a result, many homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the state of their heating systems. After all, what are the chances that your heating system will put your home at risk if you use it so sparingly?

No matter how often you use it, and how new it is, a gas heating system always comes with some level of risk. Thankfully, learning to recognize signs of trouble can keep you safe, as can keeping your heating system properly maintained. Learn to spot your risk and keep it under control from our heating experts.

Fire

We want to stress that the risk of something like a fire from your heating system is, thankfully, quite low. There are many safety switched that shut off a heater before much damage can be done. Rare as it may be, it is always a possibility, and it’s important to know what may start a fire.

One way this could occur is if too much gas is allowed to build up within the system. This is why it’s so important to turn off a standing pilot when a furnace is not in use. In addition, you should seek a technician’s help when lighting a pilot for the first time.

Another potential source of a fire is overheating. A furnace may overheat when items are stored too close to the unit. Be sure to keep the area around the furnace clear. A dirty filter may also be a source of overheating, another reason to change the air filter each month.

Carbon Monoxide Leaks

A carbon monoxide leak is a serious risk with any gas appliance. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a common byproduct of burning fuel for energy. Most appliances, including furnaces, have built in vents to exhaust CO to the outdoors.

Unfortunately, a crack in the heat exchanger could allow for carbon monoxide to leak into the home instead. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas so be sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors near any room where someone sleeps, and test the alarm once a month.

Gas Leaks

Many people assume that they will be able to detect when gas is leaking in the home, but this isn’t always true. When gas leaks from a furnace, which is not located within your living area, or from the pipes leading to it, you may not know until after a major fire hazard has occurred.

If you suspect a gas leak, leave the home immediately and contact the authorities. To prevent gas leaks and other safety concerns, focus on prevention.

Prevention

Preventing major safety risks from your furnace is not too difficult when you have the right team by your side. Contact your local technicians once a year for a complete heating system tune-up and inspection.

A technician can let you know if anything needs repair, such as a broken safety switch. They can also clue you in to dangerous issues like a cracked heat exchanger. While your furnace may need replacement, it’s much better than the alternative!

Schedule your next heating repair in Atwater, CA with the experts at Ace Air, Inc.

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