With cooler temperatures coming around once again, many of us are turning up our furnaces to keep the house warm. But there's some important maintenance checks you should think about having done before turning that knob. Technicians recommend you have it done seasonally, because they say - if you don't - you could find yourself with a broken down furnace and shivering in the cold, or even facing a serious health concern.
Here comes fall...and that means winter is next. And for Floyd Terstegge, kicking on the furnace means first having it checked out by technicians."They pick up a lot of things that I probably wouldn't see or know what to do with it if I saw it," he says.
Enter Bill Baulos with Air Specialists for the furnace inspection. He recommends residents have their furnace inspected seasonally, and warns that if you don't - you run the risk of serious problems going undetected. "Especially if you have an older furnace, you might have a cracked heat exchanger and not know it, and then all of a sudden your carbon monoxide detectors could be going off," he says.
And exposure to carbon monoxide could kill you. But Baulos says their inspections are thorough - looking at things such as the burners, igniters, and the blower motor - they also look out for other problems that might leave you shivering through the cold months. "Birds can get inside your floo and everything else and can cause major problems - so we can always check on that through the maintenance inspection to make sure you have nothing in your floe pipes," he says.
Baulos says you never know what you might find - he pulled a wasp's nest from Terstegge's furnace. Floyd says - he's glad to have an expert to make sure everything is safe and ready to go. "It just takes a load off my mind to know they give me an okay," he says.
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