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The Ultimate Gas Furnace Safety Checklist

We’d all feel a lot safer at night if we knew for certain that our gas furnaces were working at peak efficiency and were as healthy as can be. While that can’t always be the case, using a safety checklist for your furnace could be the closest you can come. If you’ve ever stayed awake at night hearing your furnace make odd noises, or brooding over the fact that you haven’t scheduled furnace maintenance in years, then you might want to take a good look at your heating system.

Essentially, gas furnaces are safe systems. Regardless of whatever rumors you might have heard, most gas furnaces are incredibly safe to use and can provide efficient and effective heating with only a little yearly maintenance required. But it’s generally a good idea to be aware that there is a combustion process happening in your home, and that you know it’s all happening in good condition. Otherwise, you might need to call some professionals for furnace repair in Westlake, OH.

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While this checklist might be great for a homeowner who just wants to make sure their system is safe, a professional is the only way to know with 100% certainty that your heater is fine. Call a professional HVAC technician today for thorough heater maintenance.

  • Change Air Filters. Air filters aren’t just to keep your air quality fresh, they’re also to keep dust and debris from entering into the sensitive interior of your furnace. Clean or replace the air filter for your system at least every 1–3 months.
  • Clean Around Your Furnace. Just because the combustion is happening inside the furnace, doesn’t mean you can just stack old loose papers on top of it. Any combustible material, like paper, cloth, or wood, should be kept a few feet away from your gas furnace to ensure that no safety issues arise.
  • Check for Cracks and Leaks. While it might not sound like it, this might be the most important point on this list. Any cracks in or around your furnace could lead to a leak of either flammable gas or carbon monoxide, both just as deadly as the other. If you smell gas, notice a crack, or can hear the sound of air escaping through a crevice in your system, contact a professional as soon as possible.
  • Check the Thermostat. Your furnace should be heating your home exactly to the specifications that have been set. If you’re noticing that your thermostat reads a good 10 or 20° warmer than it actually is inside your home, there’s something seriously wrong with your furnace. Since the issue could be coming from deep within your heater, you’ll need to call a professional to get the problem addressed.

You’ll notice a pattern here—we’re constantly advising that you contact a professional for many of these concerns. That’s because we can’t stress it enough, professional technicians are the only way to be 100% certain that your furnace is in good working order.

Speaking of professionals, why not contact one of our well-trained technicians at Westland Heating & Air Conditioning today?

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