Furnace safety is no joke. An annual safety inspection especially if your furnace is over 10 years old is critical. A safety inspection helps reduce incidences of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning or death in homes and businesses.
Every fall you hear of families or groups of people evacuated from businesses because of carbon monoxide issues – this is serious because the carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless and odorless. Basically you don’t know it’s there.
Although furnace fires have decreased over the past several years they still do occur. The newer furnaces are safer than the older ones. Most of the potential safety issues we see are in furnaces 10+ years old, although newer furnaces can have issues especially depending on the installation they are typically safe.
This furnace pictured below has holes under the furnace where flames were shooting out into the ductwork. The landlord asked for a safety inspection and saved this family from disaster.
One culprit of the furnace fire is having an unskilled technician or handyman bypass a safety to get heat to the home or office building and not fixing the real problem that shut down the furnace to begin with (like clogged flue sending carbon monioxide into the home or overheating resulting in fire). Often times the resident is unaware that the condition left in the home could be deadly asnd needs to be repaired. Safety shut offs are in place so the furnace is disabled before an emergency surfaces.
Get your furnace inspected by a licensed and insured HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) contractor to avoid these issues. An inexperienced person doing a safety check can miss a lot of problems and sometimes make your furnace more dangerous.
This Tune Up and safety rebate is available for work completed by 11/29/13.
If you need help with temperature, contact Cold Craft, Inc.
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