As winter approaches, you may be in the process of firing up your home's gas furnace. Since it seems to be working properly, you may believe that there are no issues and that it is ready to be used for the season.
However, after sitting through the spring and summer seasons, there may be potential issues lurking that are not apparent right now but may cause problems after being used for a month or two. Before this happens, consider the reasons why you should have it checked for needed repairs before winter sets in.
1. Reduces the Risk of Issues Causing Carbon Monoxide to Be Released
One reason why you should have your home's gas furnace checked for issues that need repairs is that it helps to reduce the risk of issues with carbon monoxide. If the gas lines are not fully secure, if the thermocouple is not mixing the right amount of gas and air, or if the burner is not burning off the carbon, the gas could start building up in your home.
Because it is not detectable, carbon monoxide could become an issue without you even knowing it. If you and your family are exposed to it for too long, there is a risk that you and/or they may get carbon monoxide poisoning.
By having a contractor check for any of the issues before you start using the furnace every day, they can find the problem areas and fix them before carbon monoxide becomes a problem in your home.
2. Increases the Likelihood the Furnace Will Not Break Down Unexpectedly
Another reason why you should see if your furnace has any issues that need to be fixed is that you do not want to be left without heat. If the furnace breaks down unexpectedly while you are at work or even during the night, your house will become very cold.
Not only will this unexpected breakdown make your home uncomfortable while you wait for the repair service, but it could cause other issues, such as having your home's pipes freeze up. It is better to head off any potential problems by having them repaired before they arise.
3. Decreases the Chance You Will Have to Wait for Emergency Repairs
Along with not wanting to come home to a freezing cold house or frozen pipes, another reason why you should have potential issues with your furnace repaired before winter arrives is that you may have a decreased wait time for the repairs to be completed. If you wait until the dead of winter to call for emergency repairs, you may find that you have to wait a few days.
Because everyone will be using their heating systems during the cold weather, there will be an increase in breakdowns that require repairs. More than likely, you will call and find that there are other households waiting to have their furnaces fixed, and you will have to wait in line for the contractor to come to your home.
However, if there are potential issues that could be addressed before winter, they could be fixed then instead of during the rush.
If the gas furnace in your some breaks down unexpectedly in the middle of winter, you run the risk of being without heat because of extended wait times, plus you and your family may be exposed to carbon monoxide if there is an issue causing it to build up inside. To help ensure that your furnace does not have any current or potential issues, contact an HVAC contractor in your area to have them look over the system and make necessary heating repairs for any issues that they may find.