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Don’t Gamble with a Gas Furnace: Safety Tips

Gas furnaces are built for safety these days, but no amount of precision manufacturing can prepare a system for neglect. Furnaces, just like any other heating system in the country, break down and have trouble when they haven’t been tuned-up, cleaned, or functioning properly. The problem with a gas furnace is that, unlike other heaters, it can sometimes lead to pretty serious safety concerns that are not present in other heating systems.

When taking the time to seriously think about your heater’s condition and the quality of your HVAC systems, we want you to think very hard about how your gas furnace is doing. Do you need heating repair in Venice, FL? If the answer to that question is yes, then give our team a call and we can help you out. If the answer to that question is “no” or “I don’t know,” then we implore you to keep reading while we talk about why it’s so necessary to keep your gas furnace in working order!

Keep Your Home Safe

When we say furnace safety tips, we’re not asking you to open up your system and dive right in. What we will ask you to do, is take a good, sweeping look at your system and think about how it works. Catching a furnace problem early can not only save you money and hassle but can also make your home safer. Let’s take a look.

Change Your Air Filter

We get it, you might not think changing your air filter qualifies as a safety tip, but hear us out! A clogged air filter doesn’t just decrease the efficiency of your furnace—it also stifles the system, causing it to overheat. When your gas furnace is struggling to have fresh air and it begins to overheat, it could start having other problems caused by the overheating. Since this system has flammable gas and needs to work properly to vent carbon monoxide, any problem that compounds into others could be a serious safety concern.

Keep the Area Clean

Keeping at least two feet of cleaned space around your furnace is a great way to help the system run safely. As we mentioned before, this system contains flammable gas that it burns, which means you should be wary of any flammable materials that might be nearby. Keep anything flammable at least two feet away from your furnace. This is just a great way to make it not only safer for your furnace to operate, but easier when a professional technician inspects your system.

Schedule Maintenance

Furnace checkups are key to making sure it’s running safely and effectively. While sure, if you notice anything peculiar about your gas furnace you should call for repairs, scheduling maintenance is a preventative way to ensure that your furnace is in working order. Let one of our trained and experienced technicians lubricate ball bearings, make minor adjustments, and give you the green light for another heating season!

Make sure your furnace is working safely and effectively by scheduling service with Jim McDonald & Sons Heating & Cooling Inc. We’ve been cooling Sarasota and Manatee Counties since 1970.

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