It’s true, our winters don’t really get “harsh” like they do in other parts of the country. Still though, given the soaring temperatures we feel in the summertime, our cooler temperatures can certainly leave us uncomfortable—especially if we don’t have fully functioning and efficient heating systems installed in our homes.
If you’re looking for a new heating system, we’re the team to call! But what we’re going to talk about today is how to ensure your current heater is operating as safely as possible by following the steps below.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
If you haven’t done so already this season, now is the time to schedule your heating maintenance appointment. During this service, our technicians will comprehensively inspect your heater, making sure there are no repair needs and that it is operating as safely as possible. In fact, checking for safety issues is among the main jobs of a HVAC contractor in Los Banos during your maintenance session.
This is particularly true for natural gas powered systems, such as a gas furnace. These types of heating systems are not inherently unsafe, but without maintenance, they can become so. The reason for this is because your heater has a component called a heat exchanger—which is literally the part that heats up to provide you with warmth in your home—and if that heat exchanger becomes cracked, it can leak dangerous carbon monoxide into your living space.
Cracked heat exchangers tend to happen more in aging furnaces rather than newer systems, but it is still very important to be aware of, as poor or improper installation could lead to furnace damages as well.
And maintenance isn’t just for safety, even though that’s a huge part of it. Maintenance helps our technicians ensure your system is working as efficiently as possible, and that the system is clean inside and out.
Only Trust a Pro
Notice that when we mentioned maintenance above, we said professional maintenance. Maintenance is not something you should attempt on your own. The cleaning, inspection, and adjusting that happens during this service should only be performed by a professional who is highly trained and experienced in such a job. This not only makes your heater’s operation safer but also that your heater works more efficiently.
So whether we’re talking about heater installation, maintenance, or repairs, be sure that you contact a pro. A general handyman or amateur HVAC tech isn’t going to have the experience needed to effectively service your heater—and your comfort and safety are worth more than that!
Don’t Ignore the Signs of Problems
We’re going to mention the cracked heat exchanger again—if you hear any sort of hissing noise coming from your furnace, it’s a sign that a heat exchanger has become damaged and is leaking out dangerous gas. Cease using your heater right away and call for emergency repairs if you suspect your heat exchanger is malfunctioning or damaged. Additionally, if you here any odd or unfamiliar noises coming from your heater, the best thing you can do for your safety and the functionality of your heater is to call for professional repairs.