The Dangers of a Poorly Maintained Gas Furnace

Here at Rebmann Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we want your home to be as safe as possible year-round. Here are some things to be aware of in your home when it comes to using your gas furnace:

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that’s a byproduct of burning carbon-based fuel. It can make humans and animals very sick, causing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, and confusion. In high concentrations, it can be fatal.

While all gas furnaces produce a small amount of carbon monoxide, this is usually expelled from the home through the vent system. However, a gas furnace that’s not maintained can produce high levels of carbon monoxide because of the buildup of dirt in the filter or combustion chamber. This can release carbon monoxide into the air supply. At the same time, fractures in the heat exchanger can release the gas. In addition, if the furnace door is damaged and doesn’t close properly, it can cause more carbon monoxide to escape.

Gas Line Leaks

Because gas is combustible, gas line leaks are extremely dangerous. They’re the cause of many home fires and can even cause explosions.

An unmaintained gas furnace might have cracks or holes in the gas lines, and the gas valve might be broken or connections might be loose. Any of these vulnerabilities can be places where gas can escape into your home.

If you smell a bad odor — usually like rotten eggs — and/or hear a hissing sound, you’ve got a gas leak. Evacuate your home immediately, and call the fire department.

Fire Hazard

In addition to gas line leaks, a gas furnace can be a fire hazard for several other reasons. If there are broken parts, the furnace won’t function properly, which could pose a fire risk. Dust and dirt can build up, and when they get hot, they can catch fire. In addition, if there’s clutter within two feet of the furnace, this could be a fire hazard too as it can overheat and ignite.

Always Maintain Your Gas Furnace

Fortunately, you can avoid all of these dangers by properly maintaining your gas furnace. You should regularly — about once a month — inspect it for any visual signs of damage such as dents, cracks, or loose valves. Make sure that the ignition light is burning blue. If it’s yellow or some other color, then there’s a problem with the combustion and you need to have a technician take a look right away. You should also listen for unusual sounds, as they can also indicate damage. Refer to the manual to determine whether the filters need to be replaced or cleaned and how often. For the best and safest results, follow these instructions to the letter.

If you need furnace maintenance, call Rebmann today to schedule your service! 

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5 Reasons to Call for a Furnace Inspection in New York

Fall has officially started, which means it’s time to think about how you’ll keep your home warm. Owning a furnace is a good start, but you also have to consider that your furnace has been inactive for about half a year. This means your furnace is likely dusty and slightly worn-out. To ensure it’ll work, we suggest getting a furnace inspection for your New York home. That way, you’ll know your furnace will work at its best.

Here are five reasons getting a furnace inspection for your New York home is a great idea:

 

Gauge your furnace’s health

Getting a furnace inspection can give you a good idea about your furnace’s health. This lets you make an informed decision on whether to replace your furnace. If you schedule your inspection early this season, you’ll also have plenty of time to find a new furnace.

 

Extend your furnace’s life

Like all of your appliances and systems, you should get your furnace checked to ensure it’s still working well. Poorly-maintained furnaces tend to die out faster and waste more energy than healthy furnaces. Unhealthy furnaces are much more likely to suddenly break down, as well.

 

Cheaper than a full repair job

Furnace inspections cost money, but it costs less than having to pay to fix a broken furnace. During our furnace tune-up jobs, we fix any small problems we find with your furnace. By doing this, we’ll keep you from having to deal with your furnace suddenly breaking down.

 

Better energy efficiency

According to the Department of Energy, about half of the average homeowner’s energy bills come from using the furnace. However, you can reduce this percentage through regular maintenance and inspections. Many problems can reduce your furnace’s efficiency, but you can avoid them by staying on top of your furnace’s health. A well-maintained furnace will use about 30% less energy than normal.

 

Prevent dangerous leaks

Having a gas furnace can be dangerous if they’re not properly maintained. Malfunctioning gas furnaces can release carbon monoxide into your house, and it can be deadly to people and many animals. Also, you might have to deal with a house fire if your furnace starts leaking the flammable gas used to fuel it.

 

Why call Rebmann to keep my furnace working its best?

For three generations Rebmann has provided trusted plumbing, heating, and air conditioning expertise to Long Islanders spanning both Nassau and Suffolk counties.  The ongoing Rebmann legacy is committed to providing Long Island’s commercial and residential plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems with superior quality, craftsmanship, and professionalism.

We provide 24-hour on-call emergency and stoppage service while consistently working to create lasting relationships with our clients.  We foster our customer relationships through our commitment to preventative maintenance care, repairs, remodeling, and replacement options.

Accredited by the Better Business Bureau, Rebmann holds a Master Plumber’s License and is fully licensed, bonded, and insured.  Our customers can rest easy knowing that we provide a minimum one-year warranty on all products and services. Call Rebmann today to schedule your furnace inspection!