How safe is your furnace to operate? If you don’t know or if you suspect it may have some problems, then now is not the time to wait. Summer is gone and it is defiantly not coming back for several months. Fall’s chill has already set in, and soon you won’t be able to put off turning on the furnace or boiler any longer. However, if you have even the smallest reason to think that their may be something wrong with the furnace that could make it unsafe to operate, we urge you not to start up the unit until you have had a professional from Four Seasons take a look. Over the summer season, many homeowners experienced flooding in their homes, and although the air conditioner may have been able to scrape by unharmed, the furnace may not have been so lucky.
Potential Furnace Predicaments
You may not think much of a couple inches of water in the basement, but you would be surprised at the amount of damage it could do. Besides damaging walls, furniture, and anything else that may be on the ground, a few inches of water could literally destroy a furnace. Even if the furnace was only in contact with water for a short time, the damage may already be done. Water encourages premature rust and mold growth which can eat away at the heat exchanger and other valuable parts. Water can also short out your furnace’s control board within a matter of minuets and destroy the reliability of the unit. We have had customers with furnaces that turn on and off sporadically, and safety systems that no longer recognize faulty parts. When this happens you could end up with a leaky gas valve or possibly even a defective draft inducer that will allow dangerous carbon monoxide to leak into the home.
Get a Furnace Cleaning and Safety Inspection Today!
Turning the unit on and seeing if it works is not a good way to judge the safety of the unit. Many times the unit will start up and appear to be working fine until it breaks down mid-winter and leaves your family frozen. Instead, have a Four Seasons service technician out for a cleaning and safety check of the system. Only a professional can assess the system properly. For an honest opinion of the condition and safety of your system, call Four Seasons today.