Furnace Safety and DIY Preventative Maintenance

By jairadmin
In December 11, 2017

People don’t often think of their HVAC systems as needing to be maintained, but making sure your heating system is working correctly is critical in keeping your home comfortable and safe. Learn the risks of an outdated or faulty furnace and what you can do to avoid health and fire risks, increase the lifespan of your furnace and energy efficiency, and improve indoor air quality.

Furnace Hazards

Furnaces 10 years or older are especially dangerous since they all have pilot lights. The average life expectancy of a furnace is between 16 and 20 years. Older furnaces are also at a higher risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, breakdowns, house fires and higher energy bills.

Johnson Air Tip: If you are not ready to replace your outdated furnace, service and maintenance at least twice a year (every 6 months) is necessary to ensure your home and family are not at risk, especially if you have a furnace operating on a manual pilot light. 

Carbon Monoxide

According to statistics compiled by US Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 200 people across the nation are known to die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by toxic gas build up produced by their heating systems. In addition, around 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide-related injuries are diagnosed each year- including headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and seasonal depression.

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House Fires

House fires caused by pilot lights, bad ventilation and/or gas line leaks are another major safety hazard of a faulty or outdated heating system. Gasoline, solvents, or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace.

DIY Furnace Maintenance

You can safely inspect of several key components on your furnace or heat pump including coils, belts, air filter, compressors and refrigerant.

Johnson Air Safety Tip: Be sure to turn off the fuel supply and electrical power before doing any inspection or maintenance on your furnace. Determine where the fuel supply and electrical switch are located and know how to turn it off and back on after performing maintenance.

Here are some simple maintenance tasks you can perform:

  • Check to make sure the pilot light is burning. Some furnace units must be lit by hand if the pilot light goes out
  • Make sure your furnace is “on” and turn the breaker off and on again to make sure your furnace is getting power
  • Check your air filter once a month when regularly using your furnace and replace as needed

Johnson Air Fact: If your furnace filter is dirty during a heating cycle it will restrict the airflow. A severely clogged filter can stress your system components – reducing the functionality of your heating system and increasing your energy bills.

  • Lubricate the blower motor with lightweight machine oil
  • Check refrigerant levels and refill as needed
  • Remove the flame shield and check the burner for corrosion
  • Vacuum all the dust from the air registers around the house
  • Remove all debris and objects around your furnace and vents that could block airflow

Even if your heating system appears to be working fine that does not necessarily mean it is operating as efficiently as it could. Maintenance performed by heating system maintenance technician will include a thorough inspection of all critical components and identify areas that are causing problems and be able to locate and repair the issue safely.

Johnson Air Systems has a money-back guarantee with all furnace maintenance and repair performed. Our technicians are NATE-certified, bonded and insured to ensure our customers get the highest quality service. At Johnson Air, we care about the health and safety of your home. Call us today to schedule a low-cost maintenance appointment!