If your home has a gas furnace, it is important to always keep safety at the top of your mind. Gas furnaces pose slightly more risks than other types of furnaces since gas lines are involved. The good news is that they are perfectly safe to operate when you take the steps outlined below.
If you ever do notice something wrong with your gas furnace, you can give our team a call for a furnace repair in Midlothian, TX. In fact, giving our team a call to service your gas furnace is one of the best ways to ensure safe operation. You can keep reading to learn more about safety when it comes to gas furnaces.
Vacuum and Dust
Dust and dirt can be harmful if they get into your gas furnace. Too much dust in the ignition chamber can turn the pilot light yellow from its normal blue color. If the pilot light is anything other than bright blue, it indicates that something is wrong with your gas furnace. To combat this issue you can also turn your furnace off completely and allow it to cool down so you can wipe out dust, dirt and other build up from inside the ignition chamber.
Experts recommend that you maintain at least three feet of space around your furnace itself along with all of the attached air vents. This ensures that your furnace does not overheat because of being crowded. It also allows proper airflow from all of the vents without air getting trapped inside of the ductwork because of blockages.
You also want to make sure that your furnace is safely away from children and pets. Don’t allow children to play around the furnace itself (even if it is turned off) because it can be highly dangerous. If possible, keep the door to your furnace closet closed and make a habit of keeping everyone away from the furnace.
Ensure Proper Airflow
Aside from making sure that vents have plenty of space around them, there are also other ways you can ensure proper airflow. Change the filter on time each month so that it it doesn’t get clogged with dust and dirt and prevent adequate airflow from leading into the furnace. You also want to check the area where exhaust air blows outside to make sure there are no blockages outside. Airflow exiting your heater is just as important as the airflow that is coming in.
Test Your Detectors
If you have a gas furnace, you should also have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. It is important to check these once per year to make sure they have adequate battery charge and are working. Most detectors have safety mechanisms built in that alert you to low batteries, but it’s always a good idea to check. If you schedule our team for a furnace tune-up, just ask and we can help you check your detectors as part of the appointment.
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