Don’t forget to have your furnace checked out this fall
Keep your furnace from the hassle of breakdowns but keep them running efficiently and safely. Prevention is better to avoid a breakdown when you most need your furnace most. Maintenance takes less than three hours. The propane fueled furnaces and natural gas furnaces can be cleaned without the need of any special skills but if you don’t feel confident enough to do it call for a professional.
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A professional will look at the following in a gas furnace
It is advisable to get the home tested for carbon monoxide poisoning from time to time. The best way to avoid carbon monoxide from the gas furnace is annually serviced. High concentration of carbon monoxide is dangerous because it is odorless and colorless.
Why does the carbon monoxide leak?
You need to understand what could be the cause of carbon monoxide leak so that you can avoid it if it’s possible.
The leaks occur if
Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless dangerous gas, mostly known as a silent killer. However, there are few signs you need to look out for in the furnace which will indicate an urgent need of carbon monoxide testing. These include
If these signs have not been noticed on the furnace; look out for carbon monoxide poisoning within your family.
Some things to look out for are
Check operation of natural gas furnace
The working condition of your gas furnace impacts directly on the health of the family and energy costs. You can call on a HVAC professional to analyze if the furnace is in good working condition although you can check the operations of the furnace by yourself from time to time.
Check on the sound: the furnace has its normal noises when operating. Switch the furnace on and if the noise is rumbles, pings, screeches and pops that is out of the normal and it calls for a professional to look at the system.
Check on the smell: if you are operating the furnace after sometime there might be a slight smell of dirt and of burning dust. Apart from this two any other smell might be a sign that things are not right. If you smell rubber is burning or smell gas or smell burning plastic turn off the furnace and open doors and windows to let in air into the home and call a professional to look at it. if you smell leakage of natural gas leave the home and call the gas provider to look at the problem immediately.
Check if it is in good condition: ensure your gas does not have rust, dirt deposits, soot or is not wearing out. Turn on the furnace and the flame should be blue; if it’s yellow this is an indication that oxygen is not adequate thus the furnace is creating carbon monoxide.
Check if the filter is clean: there is need to check on the filter at least once a month and change it when it’s dirty to prolong the operations of the system and energy bills are kept low.
Check on efficient operations: check the temperature rise on the inside the blower. The temperature rise is tested by placing the thermometer in the blower compartment for it read and register the temperatures. If the temperature does not compare to the manufacturer specifications contact a professional on this.
The sequence of furnace operation
The furnace has two components which are significant, the air side and gas side. The air side consists of blower motor control, safety controls and a blower motor and the as gas side consists of a pilot, gas valve, main burners and the pilot and flue.
The sequence of operation is
A gas furnace service life is about 15 years but this differs on individual units. Some factors which will contribute to the longevity of the furnace are
The quality of the furnace might not be durable because some might be built to last for 8 years only.
Regular maintenance of a furnace extends the life of the furnace for a few years than the one that is not maintained.
The amount of humidity in the home determines the longevity of the furnace. High humidity in the home causes components of the furnace to rust resulting to furnace failure before the expected time.
How often you use the furnace extends the life. Repeated cooling and heating of the heat exchanger degrades it over time. The heat transfer capabilities of the furnace declines with time. This is the normal wear and tear which leads to declined performance of the furnace.
Change the filter regularly; a dirty filters cause overheating and restricts airflow which affects the energy costs and other components of the furnace. There might be need to change the filter monthly through the heating season. Consider better filters which last longer and do not require changing for long time.
Ensure you do tune-ups annually which identify emerging problems saving you a lot from expensive repairs. This maintains the efficient operation of the furnace.