Furnace Repair and Maintenance
Furnace Repair and Maintenance with AdvantAir
AdvantAir offers reliable repair and maintenance services for your furnace. We have years of experience and many pleased customers, but you don’t have to take our word for it! Check out our reviews on our homepage if you want to know what people think of us. For the best furnace repair and maintenance services, call AdvantAir today!
Regular Furnace Maintenance
It’s been stated time and time again that if you don’t take care of things, they break. This is especially true with a furnace in your home. Regular maintenance on your gas or electric furnace will prevent low efficiency, as well as make you aware of minor repairs that are needed before they become large problems for your pocket.
The Dangers of an unsafe gas Furnace
Furnace maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard the safety of you and your family. Furnace units, if not kept maintained, can become very unsafe because they deal with explosive gases. Here are some of the dangers of an unsafe gas furnace:
Fires – Gas furnaces require adequate ventilation to function properly. They must be installed with sufficient clearance between furnace, walls and ceiling. Shelving, boxes or other items stored too near a furnace will hinder the airflow and create a fire hazard. Combustible materials stored near a furnace create the possibility of fire or explosion. Gasoline, solvents or other volatile substances emit vapors that can be ignited by the heat or flame inside a gas furnace. Paper, cloth or other flammable items left too close to a furnace could catch fire.
Gas line leaks – Natural gas, which consists primarily of methane, is normally a non-toxic substance without taste, odor or color. However, it is a highly flammable fuel. A leak in the gas line leading into the house or furnace could allow dangerous amounts of gas to seep out. Even a small amount of leaked gas could cause a catastrophic explosion and fire. Natural gas companies add a chemical such as mercaptan to the gas as it emits a potent “rotten egg” odor and therefore serves as an unmistakable indicator of a gas leak. Other signs of a leak include the hissing sound of gas escaping a pipeline or visible damage to pipes or connections. A gas leak requires immediate emergency action. Evacuate the area where the leak is detected, shut off the gas at its source if possible and notify emergency personnel and the gas company of the suspected leak.
Carbon monoxide poisoning – Perhaps the greatest danger of a gas furnace is the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas given off as a byproduct of burning natural gas fuel. It cannot be seen, smelled or touched, but causes flu-like symptoms such as nausea, headache, dizziness and weakness. Overexposure to carbon monoxide can kill. By the time a homeowner suspects a carbon monoxide leak, the danger to life and health is already high. Carbon monoxide can escape a furnace because of blocked or minimal venting, inadequate air supply, or cracks in the heat exchanger or other internal parts. Dirty filters can contribute to carbon monoxide build-up. Operating the furnace with the front panel door open or improperly closed can also allow carbon monoxide to escape the furnace. To minimize or eliminate these hazards, organizations such as the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute recommend an annual inspection of gas furnaces by qualified HVAC contractors. The dangers of gas furnaces are real, but they can be all but eliminated through professional installation, regular maintenance, and common-sense handling. It’s not enough to sleep warmly; your family must also sleep securely.
Gas and Electric Furnace Repair and Maintenance by AdvantAir
If you are having trouble with your furnace, call AdvantAir. If you notice any changes in the way your heating system is operating, you should call us right away. The sooner that we can identify and fix your problem, the less likely it is to become a major repair. There is NO substitute for regular maintenance which you should get twice a year as well, so call us today! We service Spartanburg, Greenville, Boiling Springs, Inman, Lyman, Reidville, Roebuck, Pacolet, Duncan, Greer and Taylors.