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How to Tell If Your Furnace Is Safe

Properly-sized, well-maintained furnaces are some of the most efficient heating systems for homes in Decatur, GA. But how can you tell if your heating system is safe? Luckily, today’s heaters are safer than they’ve ever been before, with safety switches and extra precautions to prevent problems with carbon monoxide (CO) leaks or overheating.

Still, there is always a small chance of danger, especially if your heating system and home do not get the attention they need. Here’s how you can tell if your furnace is safe.

Only Allow for Professional Installation or Service

When you are getting a new furnace or if you need scheduled service, only allow a professional technician to do the work. That means someone who is trained specifically on HVAC systems—not a local handyman or jack-of-all-trades. Trained and experienced HVAC technicians are the only ones who can really assess a safety issue and help prevent problems from ever coming up. Improperly installed or ventilated heaters are a key factor in furnace safety hazards.

Call in a Technician for Maintenance

When you are looking at your furnace head on, you probably won’t be able to spot a potential safety threat unless you have the proper training. Regular furnace maintenance visits include an inspection and tune-up that can help ensure your furnace is safe.

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous, deadly gas. And unfortunately, you are likely unable to tell if it’s leaking from your heater unless you have detection equipment in place. You must have both carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors throughout the home, and you should take the steps to maintain them. This means…

  • Testing the alarm (with the button on the front) once a month.
  • Changing the batteries every 6 months.
  • Replacing the alarm every 10 years.

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