While it’s still fall according to the calendar, it won’t be long before winter will officially be here and temperatures will drop. This means most Hayward residents will be turning on the furnace and cranking the temperature up a few notches. However, before you fire up the furnace for the first time this season, there are a few things you should do.
Have you had your furnace tuned up? Most Bay Area heat and air contractors recommend having your system tuned up twice per year, in spring and fall. In doing so, you can rest assured the components of your heating system are in good working order so your furnace will operate efficiently.
It is never recommended you go from one winter season to the next without having your heating equipment assessed by a professional. This could result in major problems or damage – and costly repairs. In addition, heat-related fires are not uncommon, although they occur most frequently with fireplaces and gas stoves. A pilot light that isn’t working properly or faulty equipment could result in a fire.
Safety furnace tips for the heating season
The most important thing you can do is to check the color of the flame when lighting the pilot light. It should be solid blue, and not contain an excessive amount of orange. Proper operation requires a specific amount of gas, so you don’t want to see a flame that moves similar to what you would imagine a tornado looks like. If anything at all with the flame looks suspicious, turn the pilot light off and have a heating contractor come inspect your equipment.
A cracked heat exchanger is another potential danger you may not be aware of; a defect could result in the leaking of carbon monoxide, the “silent killer.” Be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector placed within a few feet of the furnace so that if there is a problem, your family will be alerted. Most important of all, make the decision to have your heating system checked out before you fire it up for the first time this season.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we cater to Hayward home and business owners and those in surrounding areas, providing heating and air conditioning installation, service, and maintenance. Give us a call today, and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your warm, cozy home or office is also safe this winter.