Your Furnace is something you turn on, turn off and forget about...until there's an issue.
If your furnace starts to lose its ability to heat well or completely break down, there's no ignoring it anymore. What about the big dangers of a broken or leaky furnace? Are you aware of some of the issues?
More serious than being uncomfortable is the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. This can happen from something as simple as a cracked heat exchanger. Most of the time, your furnace burns fuel to keep things hot and the bi-product of that burning, carbon monoxide, is shuttled out from your heat exchanger and out the flu vent. The heating and cooling down of your home make the metal in your heat exchanger and the vents expand and contract. This can eventually cause cracks or leaks to develop.
Another factor in a leaky system could simply be the ventilation wasn't installed correctly or has developed blockage somewhere.
Finding these leaks should not be done through a DIY inspection. The process is complicated and should truly be left to someone who has seen hundreds or thousands of systems and knows what to look for exactly. It's not worth the risk of your families health or lives to save a small amount of money.
HOW TO PREVENT FURNACE LEAKS:
Schedule an annual Dayton Furnace tune up! The Very best way to prevent carbon monoxide build up and leakage is by having HVAC Dayton do a furnace tune-up. During this process, we have special tools that are able to detect leaks in the heat exchanger as well as checking the entire system for flaws and leaks.
Change out your air filters regularly. This simple, but important step, prevents a couple of things. Most importantly, it will keep dirt from backing up your system. That dirt can cause the furnace to work harder and will be the cause of cracks and malfunctions. Another benefit is keeping the air you and your family are breathing clean and filtered.
Inspect your Carbon Monoxide detectors: Making sure your detectors are working properly and have a fully charged battery is incredibly important to letting you know if there is a build up or leak in the house real time. If you don't have any installed in your house, let us know and we can install them inexpensively. We would rather have you safe than worry about the cost of a detector.
Hopefully you see the importance of having your Dayton furnace checked regularly. Call HVAC Dayton to ask questions and find out more or to schedule your Dayton furnace tune-up soon.