October is fire prevention month and while local firefighters are teaching kids to stop, drop and roll, its time for parents to check out their furnaces.
Heating and cooling crews in our area are already receiving calls for fall check-ups on furnaces. While preventative action can not only save you money, it can prevent a potentially deadly situation.
One of the most basic maintenance things you can do to keep your furnace running is replace the air filter. Filter prices vary by model and how often they need to be replaced can vary as well. But a dirty air filter can shut down your furnace and damage its parts, leading to a high cost in parts and labor for repairs.
"There's a lot of electronics, there is a condensation trap, if that is plugged, those things can leak," explains Paul Schraufnagel, owner of Royal Heating and Cooling, "you don't want water around your electrical."
Paul says one of the most dangerous issues with a furnace is a plugged vent pipe, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Since carbon monoxide is impossible to detect on your own by sight or smell, its best to have a detector in your home. In fact, its state law to have one.
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