December 3, 2015

Don’t Enter Winter Without a Safety Inspection

Safety inspections of your heating system are extremely important. Before the cold weather hits, it’s a great time to reach out to MoreVent, not only for a furnace tune-up, but also a full safety inspection. They are two very different things: the latter will make sure you and your family are safe from carbon monoxide leaks, and premature furnace replacements.
What is a safety inspection?
During a safety inspection, a heating contractor should make sure that your furnace is burning properly and that it’s burning the right amount of gas. Are your flue gases or exhaust gases escaping within the proper channel? If your gases aren’t burning properly, you could be creating a high level of carbon monoxide, which can be dangerous to your family.
We need to test the amount of gas coming into the system to see if we need to make any adjustments. This is a very low cost service that can save you money in your fuel usage and utility bills. It can also extend the life of your system so that you do not have to buy a furnace prematurely.
If we find high levels of carbon monoxide, we’ll try to adjust it within manufacturer’s specifications. If we are still having a problem, it’s time to check the heat exchanger. This is a component within the system that captures all the exhaust gases and channels them out of your home.
What could happen if I skip a safety inspection?
A furnace that is going through its combustion cycle improperly will produce a level of carbon monoxide. High levels are not safe for our families or pets. It’s important to make sure that the system is producing allowable levels.
If there are any areas within that heat exchanger that are compromised, there is a high probability that gas is getting out in the air space, and this could be a dangerous scenario. Now, it’s difficult to say when that will occur or how bad it can become. But the bottom line is- anytime that there is evidence of either high carbon monoxide or an area within the heat exchanger that has been compromised, the only option is to either replace the heat exchanger or to replace the furnace.
It’s critical that you stay on top of your furnace’s safety and efficiency. Call us for your full service heating tune-up and safety inspection at 1-610-257-7702.

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