Furnace. All gas appliances are manufactured with safety components as part of their design. It is nevertheless easy for us to forget that aging equipment can eventually fail and create a potentially hazardous situation.
Regular maintenance and inspection is always recommended particularly in the case of a gas furnace that is usually out of sight and may go unnoticed when something is not quite right.
Here are 5 tell-tale signs that Winnipeg Homeowners can use to know that something is wrong with their gas Furnace:
1) Furnace produces a strong smell
- If you can smell the strong rotten egg smell of unburnt gas in your home and the smell originates from your furnace, you have a serious gas leak that needs to be looked at immediately.
If you smell gas, leave your house immediately and call the fire department.
- A burning smell coming from your floor vents or from the furnace is usually an indication of a burnt out motor or overheating.
Your furnace should be turned off and serviced as soon as possible.
2) Carbon monoxide detector goes off
Any household that uses gas appliances should be using a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it’s indiscernible to the five senses and can be lethal when exposure goes undetected. Carbon Monoxide is created as a result of incomplete combustion and is not a normal product of a properly functional gas furnace.
If the alarm goes off you need to:
- Shut down your gas appliances
- Open up your windows/doors and bring in fresh air
- Leave the house & call the fire department
- Call a professional Gas Heating Technician to come and test all your gas appliances–especially your furnace– to confirm that it is firing and venting exhaust correctly.
3) No heat furnace
Although this is common sense, you will usually become aware of this when it’s too late. Test your furnace before the cold weather to see if it’s heating as it should. Check the corresponding circuit breaker and on/off service switch first before making a service call.
You may also want to be sure the batteries are good if you have a digital thermostat.
High efficient furnaces in Winnipeg homes are also prone to ice or frost build-up on the plastic vent pipes during the colder winter days.
Once you have checked these basic things and your furnace is cycling or not producing enough heat, call a qualified heating company to service it for you.
4) You hear a loud banging noise when your furnace turns on
Your furnace should be relatively quiet when it starts and runs, but if you hear a loud banging noise when you turn it on, your furnace ignition could be delayed, which can be dangerous.
Other noises that beco
me noticeable and are obviously different from how the furnace sounded in the past should be looked at before the problem gets worse.
5) Your Utility bill suddenly increases
It’s normal for your energy bill to go up during the winter since your furnace is being used more. However, if you see an unusual spike in your utility bill and there has not been a substantial change in gas rates, your furnace may be in disrepair and needs to be serviced.