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Furnace safety is a priority for Central Ohio homeowners

How to Know Your Furnace is Working Safely

  • October 16, 2023
  • Tips

Central Ohio Furnace Safety

Your furnace plays a silent but key role in heating your home during cold Ohio months. You want to be confident that when you turn the furnace on, it’s going to heat your home and keep your family safe. Here are a few signs that your furnace may be unsafe to run and needs attention from an HVAC professional.

Gas Leaks

If your furnace burns natural gas, a gas leak can be a serious issue to deal with. Natural gas is odorless, but the gas companies add an additive that provides an eggy smell. If you notice this odor in your home, turn your furnace off, leave the premises and contact your natural gas provider. Left untreated, a gas leak can be hazardous to your family’s health.

Exhaust Fumes

A gas furnace is vented to move the exhaust away from your home. The exhaust contains carbon monoxide which can be deadly. If you notice weird smells while your furnace is running, shut down the furnace and leave your house. As an added precaution, place a carbon monoxide detector in the area where your furnace operates. These life saving devices can detect hints of carbon monoxide leaks before they become a bigger problem.

Damaged Furnace

Without proper furnace maintenance, wear and tear can impact the safety of your furnace. A cracked heat exchanger for example, can be a health risk if not diagnosed early. Cracks can develop with age or from buildup in the heat exchanger which can lead to carbon monoxide leaks. If you notice your pilot light change colors or find water pooling around your furnace, these are signs that you may have a bad heat exchanger.

Atlas Butler is Here for Furnace Emergencies

If you discover any of these furnace emergency issues in your home, call Atlas Butler immediately. The health and safety of your family is important to us and getting ahead of any furnace issues is key to keeping everyone safe. Our phones are answered 24/7/365 by a live person so call us at 1-800-FURNACE for any furnace emergency you have in your home.

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