The HVAC system in your Kenner, Louisiana, home works hard to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the changing seasons. What you may not realize is that certain aspects of your system can cause an increased fire risk, especially without routine maintenance and proper care.
Fuel Lines and Connections
Many heating systems use some type of fuel as part of the warming process for the air as it moves into the heating chamber. Fuel is highly flammable, but when your system is working properly, it should remain safely within the lines where it belongs. A leaking fuel line is cause for concern because the fuel could come into contact with hot elements within the unit, posing an immediate risk for a fire.
Another risk is the connection between the unit and where the gas moves into the system. If the connection is faulty, due to neglect or poor workmanship, the pressure within the system can cause a gas leak. You could also notice issues with the quality of your indoor air when you have a faulty gas connection.
Stuff Around the Furnace
Furnaces are typically installed in storage closets or garages where they are out of the way but accessible when necessary. Some people don’t realize that crowding the furnace closet with other stuff, such as boxes, cleaning products, extra clothing, or anything else that needs to be stored, can pose a serious risk. The HVAC system needs room to breathe, so keep the surrounding area clear of any extra junk. If the unit gets too hot, it could cause these flammable materials to catch fire, which could destroy your HVAC system as well as your home.
Your heating and cooling system relies on electrical connections to heat up and operate properly. As connections get older, they can come loose, which can burn the wires and cause a fire. If you notice any warning signs, such as burning odors or smoke coming from the furnace, call an HVAC technician.
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