Why You Should Always Maintain Your Gas Furnace
Furnace Repair in San Antonio, TX
Like every other system working in your home, it’s important to keep your gas furnace working safely and efficiently. If your heating system hasn’t received professional maintenance over the years, or it’s showing signs it’s struggling, it’s best to call Will’s All-Pro for furnace repair in San Antonio. Here are potential problems you may be at risk for if it goes unmaintained for too long:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that’s a byproduct of burning carbon-based fuel. It can make humans and animals very sick, causing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and confusion. In high concentrations, it can be fatal.
While all gas furnaces produce a small amount of carbon monoxide, this is usually expelled from the home through the vent system. However, a gas furnace that’s not maintained can produce high levels of carbon monoxide because of the buildup of dirt in the filter or combustion chamber. This can release carbon monoxide into the air supply. At the same time, fractures in the heat exchanger can release the gas. In addition, if the furnace door is damaged and doesn’t close properly, it can cause more carbon monoxide to escape.
Gas Line Leaks
Because gas is combustible, gas line leaks are extremely dangerous. They’re the cause of many home fires and can even cause explosions.
An unmaintained gas furnace might have cracks or holes in the gas lines, and the gas valve might be broken or connections might be loose. Any of these vulnerabilities can be places where gas can escape into your home.
If you smell a bad odor — usually like rotten eggs — and/or hear a hissing sound, you’ve got a gas leak. Evacuate your home immediately, and call the fire department.
In addition to gas line leaks, a gas furnace can be a fire hazard for several other reasons. If there are broken parts, the furnace won’t function properly, which could pose a fire risk. Dust and dirt can build up, and when they get hot, they can catch fire. In addition, if there’s clutter within two feet of the furnace, this could be a fire hazard too as it can overheat and ignite.
Benefits of a Furnace Tun-Up Done By Will’s All-Pro in San Antonio, TX
Fortunately, you can avoid all of these dangers by properly maintaining your gas furnace. A furnace tune-up done by Will’s will help you:
- Save money by preventing issues before they cause bigger problems
- Save money on utilities
- Stay warm when the temperature drops
- Increase the lifespan of your HVAC system
- Keep your family safe from a hazardous malfunctioning furnace
If you need furnace repair in San Antonio, TX, call Will’s All-Pro today!