Some homeowners might be concerned about installing a gas furnace in their homes, but modern furnace contain safety mechanisms such as mercury sensors, fan load limit switches, and circuit breakers attached to shut-off valves to make sure your gas furnace always runs effectively.
Still, any system that uses natural gas can pose a potential concern. You can help make your furnace as safe as it can be with a few steps. Turn to experienced Havertown, PA heating technicians for the extra help to make your furnace as hazard-free as possible: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. We have served Havertown for 37 years.
Steps for a safer furnace
- Keep it maintained with yearly maintenance visits: This is the most important part of keeping a furnace working safely. The only truly dangerous type of furnace is one that hasn’t received regular maintenance. During the annual visit (usually done in the fall), a technician will see that the furnace’s components are working correctly and the safety mechanisms are all operating. You will find out about any repair needs so you can leap on them and make sure the furnace operates without any flaws.
- Never attempt repairs on your own: If you sense something is wrong with your furnace, do not open up the cabinet and attempt to tinker with its components. This is potentially dangerous. Not only do you risk carbon monoxide exposure and possible explosions, but you might misadjust something in the furnace that will cause it to work unsafely. Leave all repairs to trained professionals.
- Call for repair work as soon as you can: Instead of trying to troubleshoot the furnace on your own, go right to the phone and call for expert repair technicians to come look at the trouble. (It’s also a good idea to shut off the gas to the furnace as a precaution.) Many furnace repairs will not pose any immediate danger, but they can worsen to a point where the system can turn dangerous. Other issues, just as cracks in a heat exchanger, can be hazardous. You don’t want to take any risks, so whenever you think your furnace has a malfunction, don’t hesitate to call for repairs. (Even if a repair isn’t a danger, you still should have it fixed so your system doesn’t break down or drain extra power.)
Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. provides services for all types of heating systems in Havertown, PA. Make us your first call for maintenance and repairs!