3 Components Of Your Gas Furnace You Should Get Checked Annually
Your heat in your home is a vital part of your life, but often taken for granted. Manufacturers recommend you get your gas furnace serviced once a year. By getting your unit serviced once a year you can reduce emergency breakdowns and maintain your unit’s efficiency. With gas furnaces, there are factors with the unit itself, or the connection of the unit that could pose possible dangers or health risks that should get checked while performing a tune-up. Even if you do not get a tune-up, you should get a safety inspection check. Here are 3 areas of your furnace you should get checked.
- Heat exchangers or Combustion Chambers
The combustion chamber is the heart of your heating unit. This is where the fuel is ignited, whether it be natural gas or propane. The walls on the combustion chamber contain the hot flue gases so they don’t enter your home. During a safety inspection the combustion chamber is thoroughly examined. Any cracks could expose your home to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Flue Vents
The flue vent is the pipe that’s connected to your gas furnace and usually leads out the top of your home through the roof or chimney. It carries the combustible gases outside. The flue vent should be checked for cracks and rust. If there are any cracks in the vent pipe the carbon monoxide can leak into your home.
- Gas Lines/ Fuel Lines
The gas line or fuel lines is what delivers the fuel to your gas furnace whether it being propane or natural gas. If there is a leak, that could pose a great danger. The good thing about gas, if gas is leaking in your home you would know because gas has a distinct odor.
These are the 3 main areas you should have checked annually. Carbon monoxide is odorless, so if your combustion chamber or vent pipe is cracked, you could be getting carbon monoxide in your home and not even know it. With the fuel lines, any leak could expose you to explosion or fire hazards. I would recommend everyone who has any gas appliances in there home to purchase carbon monoxide detectors. A lot of times, you can get it installed in your home security system.