The operation of combustion equipment is common for household heating, but it’s also important to realize that your system can pose some safety risks, especially as it ages. Whether your system is relatively new or whether it’s been in place for more than a decade, an annual inspection is an important step in safeguarding your loved ones for the winter heating season. Your technician needs to evaluate the condition of safety mechanisms, venting equipment, burners and heat exchangers to ensure that everything is operating correctly.
Your water heater or boiler safety check includes an evaluation of your tank’s condition. Water heater pressure plays an important role in the ability of hot water to move through your home’s system of pipes and radiators. Additionally, a technician will look for signs of water leaks in the pipes and at critical junctures. A water heater gas leak can be serious as well, and your technician will test connections and lines to ensure that the integrity of each component is intact.
Similarly, a furnace inspection includes checks for cracks, leaks and corrosion. These issues can promote the emission of excessive carbon monoxide, a situation that can be deadly if not well-monitored. Your technician will clean parts as needed, lubricating moving parts as well to ensure that your system operates efficiently.
After Your Tune-Up
You should begin the heating season with an inspection, a service that can eliminate the majority of your potential for repair needs later on. If you operate a furnace, you will need to install a clean filter to ensure unrestricted airflow. You should also limit closing of vents to no more than 20 percent of your home’s delivery areas. Restricting airflow can lead to the overheating of your furnace, posing the risk of premature failure of some components.
You need to be observant throughout the heating season to ensure that you are aware of problems. Some of the more serious signs to watch for in combustion equipment include:
- Noticeable fuel odors
- Clanging, banging or humming sounds
- Ongoing smells of dust or dirt
- Noticeable evidence of cracks, leaks or corrosion
While your technician will take note of such issues during an inspection, the later development of these conditions after the tune-up should be brought to the attention of a professional.
Both house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning incidents rise during the winter months, especially in connection with home heating. The second leading cause of house fires is heating, making it critical to be sure that your equipment is clear of combustible materials. Additionally, fire and CO alarms are important for safeguarding your household. These should be installed on each level of your home, and ideally, you should install additional units in sleeping areas like bedrooms. You can also locate CO monitors near attached garages or in spaces above garages.
The technicians from Gartner Heating & Cooling can provide a thorough inspection of your furnace or boiler in advance of the winter heating season. If you haven’t had a tune-up, it’s not too late to schedule an appointment for your Niles, IL, home. Additionally, we can assist with equipment like CO monitors. Contact our office for an appointment.