Getting Hit With Cold Snaps? 2 Gas Furnace Safety Tips To Do Now


Although it's fall, some areas of the United States are already experiencing cold snaps and dipping temperatures. If your gas furnace isn't ready to meet this year's unpredictable weather, it could fail. You can protect your family and keep your house warm with the two furnace safety tips below.

Check Your Blower

Your gas furnace depends on a functioning blower motor and fan to keep your house warm during the cold season. The blower and fan work together to transfer heated air to the plenum and out to the rest of the home. If the motor or fan clogs up with dust, the furnace might not operate as expected. 

You can prevent issues with your motor blower and fan by changing the furnace's air filter. Next, disconnect electrical and gas power to the furnace, then uncover and clean out the blower motor compartment with a small vacuum. After you clean out the compartment, place a few drops of oil inside the motor's oil ports.

Return power to your furnace, then allow it to warm up the home as usual. If you experience any issues with your furnace, such as shutting off prematurely or taking too long to come on, contact a heating contractor for further assistance.  

Contact a Heating Specialist

When furnace shut down prematurely or experience problems heating, they require servicing. These problems can be due to old age, wear and tear, or mechanical failure. Sometimes, the wiring inside the furnace can deteriorate or come loose. In any case, it's important to have a professional inspect your furnace as soon as possible. 

A contractor will generally inspect the gas connections to your appliance first. Gas furnaces can leak carbon monoxide and other dangerous chemicals if there's something wrong with their connections and lines. Unless you have a gas detection system or equipment installed in your basement and home, you might not notice the leak. 

After securing the gas lines, a contractor will inspect your furnace and its parts for damage. If there are problems to repair, a contractor can go ahead and complete them. You may need to replace some parts completely if they show signs of severe disrepair, such as an improperly limit switch or warped plenum. These issues can affect the safety and life of the furnace over time.

Once a heating contractor completes the work, they may suggest that you have your furnace checked after the cold season. The maintenance check will help prevent heating problems next season.

If you wish to learn more about your gas furnace and how to maintain it, contact an HVAC specialist or visit a site like


19 November 2017

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