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Dangers of DIY Gas Furnace Maintenance

Written by Larry Davies | October 31, 2019

A woman on the sofa at home wearing winter coat and look concerned.

Keeping your furnace running requires regular maintenance. Furnace maintenance may seem simple, causing you to think that you can do it on your own to save a little money. Yet this isn’t always a wise idea. Yes, you could do your own maintenance, but you can easily overlook some tasks that put your family and your furnace at risk. Here’s a closer look at why you don’t want to DIY your furnace maintenance this fall.

1.    Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Any fuel-burning process, including the process of running your furnace, creates CO. Failure to maintain your furnace properly because you’re trying to do it yourself could increase problems with CO leaks, putting your family at risk. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a hard problem to fight because the gas is colorless and odorless. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, or if your detectors aren’t working, you could be putting your family at risk. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.

2. Danger of Fire

Your gas furnace heats your home using a small fire. If you don’t repair it properly, you could leave your home at risk for a furnace fire. Faulty wiring can also put you at risk. Gas leaks can also be a potential fire risk, especially if there’s an open flame close by. Faulty wiring can also put you at risk When you do your own maintenance, you could overlook important tasks that increase your risk of fire.

If you do attempt your own maintenance and smell gas after you are done, immediately evacuate your home. Do not use electrical equipment or have any open flames inside the house. Call the gas company for help immediately. Then, call a pro to fix the furnace.

3. You Won’t Know What to Look For

While you can easily change your furnace filter on your own, there’s much more to furnace maintenance than just swapping out the filter. If you are not a furnace expert, you won’t know what to look for as you inspect the system for signs of problems. This could leave your system running inefficiently or improperly.

4. Causing Serious Problems

Finally, you don’t want to tackle your furnace maintenance on your own, because you aren’t a furnace expert. You might end up damaging a part of the system, leaving you with big repair bills in the end. When you have a professional who handles your maintenance, you will not have to worry about bigger problems in the end.

Partner with a Pro for Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance isn’t as simple as it seems. It’s easier and less risky to partner with a professional for this task. Reach out to All Comfort Services today to schedule your furnace maintenance appointment for your The Greater Madison Area home. You can call (608) 838-7300 or contact our team online to discuss furnace maintenance today.

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