3 Scary Issues Your Furnace May Have

The modern gas-powered furnace is built to be safe. There are stringent safety measures that these systems have to meet in order to be released to the consumer market. We start here because we want to make sure that we don’t worry anyone unnecessarily about their gas furnace. If it was installed in your home, it was made to run safely!

However, there are issues that your furnace can develop due to old age and large amounts of wear and tear that can cause it to become dangerous. The easy way to avoid this is, of course, to schedule yearly maintenance and to replace your furnace when it reaches “retirement age,” before it can develop a major problem.

What are these scary issues that your furnace can develop? Let’s take a look at the main three:

Never Ignore These 3 Heating System Problems

Not every issue your furnace runs into can be dangerous. Most of them will simply drive up your bills and lower your comfort. However, any of these issues can actually put your safety at risk:

  • A leaking gas connection: If there is a leak in the gas line connection to your furnace, you absolutely need to get repairs as soon as possible. Natural gas can be a huge health hazard first and foremost. Beyond that, the leak in the gas line can also mess with your comfort and hinder the heating process your furnace goes through.
  • A cracked heat exchanger: The heat exchanger in your furnace is going to be vital to heating up your home. This is where the combustion gases the system creates go, heating up the metal and thereby heating up the air. However, if your heat exchanger has a crack, it will allow those combustion gases to leak into the air being blown into your home, which is dangerous for your safety and health.
  • A faulty pilot light: Last but not least, if you still have a furnace that uses a pilot light for ignition, any issue with that light staying ignited can lead to serious problems. If there is a problem with the pilot light it can delay the ignition of the gas in the system. This can prove dangerous in more ways than one, so make sure to have your pilot light checked during your annual tune-up.

These are three potential problems that a furnace may develop, but it certainly isn’t a comprehensive list. There are multiple problems a furnace can run into that all require professional attention, whether they are dangerous or just somewhat inconvenient.

If you need furnace repair in Portland, your best option is to go to a professional team to get the job done. The experts at The Clean Air Act can help get your furnace up and running again, and, more importantly, make sure you’ll enjoy a safe system.

Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there! Proudly serving the greater Portland area for over 20 years.

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