Gas Furnace Safety: 7 Maintenance Tips For Gas Furnace Safety This Winter
Gas Furnace Safety: Keeping Your Family Safe During Winter
Gas furnaces are equipped with safety features that cause the furnace to shut off if there is a problem with carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a deadly by-product produced in the gas or propane combustion process. Our technicians can provide you with the safety features of your gas furnace during a regularly scheduled maintenance appointment. Here is a list of seven gas furnace maintenance tips you can follow to keep you and your family safe.
How to Operate Your Gas Furnace Safely
- The main safety concern for gas furnaces is carbon monoxide (CO). The small amounts of CO produced by a properly functioning gas furnace are not harmful. However, it is important to monitor CO levels so that you are notified if they reach a dangerous level. There are CO detectors that will notify you if the levels elevate. If you have CO monitors installed, be sure to keep their batteries replaced regularly for proper function. A CO monitor has a lifespan of five years. If your carbon monoxide detector is 5 years or older, it is best to replace it.
- Have your HVAC repair technician check your furnace’s heat exchanger. Small cracks can develop over time and begin to leak CO. The burners within your furnace can also become damaged or worn and begin to leak carbon monoxide. If you noticed your flame burning orange instead of blue, it is time for a maintenance appointment. Keep your burners cleaned regularly to maintain proper airflow.
- Change your HVAC air filter regularly. Most air filters need to be replaced every month. Air filters are your first line of defense to maintain indoor air quality.
- Keep your air vents and registers free from obstruction.
- Keep any flammable or combustible items clear of your furnace. Solvents, paints, fuels, or any item that may ignite easily need to be stored far away from your gas furnace.
- Keep all registers in the open position.
- Keep the furnace cover panel in place at all times. Without this cover panel, you can increase the CO levels. Many modern gas furnaces will not operate if the panel cover is not in place.
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