When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
Do you hear any strange noises outside of your furnace, notice that it isn't working properly, or fear that you smell some type of gas? Do you notice that your gas bills are unusally high, even though you haven't made any changes with how you set the thermostat? The issue could be that there are problems with the pilot or the gas lines. This could be very dangerous for the home and for the safety of all that live there, and you don't want this to be a worry. Call the HVAC professionals right away if you notice any of these issues with your furnace.
If you can smell gas or a burning odor around your furnace, you want to turn it off and wait for a service professional to come to the property. There could be a leak somewhere in the pipes, or there could be something burning inside of the furnace that you have to worry about. You don't want a fire or explosion, so it's best to shut the unit off and wait for the professionals.
See a Yellow Pilot Light
The flame inside the furnace is called the pilot. If you can see that the pilot light is yellow, this indicates that there is carbon monoxide in the chamber, and there is a gas leak. You want to call the fire department and a heating and cooling company to come and look at the furnace before you have an emergency situation.
Notice Deteriorating Pipes
Deteriorating pipes around the furnace and in and out of the house are a warning, because this could be allowing gas to leak all around the home and create a variety of other complications. You should have the pipes checked, replaced, or repaired right away if you can see any type of deterioration on them.
If your furnace is 15-20 years old, it may be time for you to upgrade to a furnace that is newer and more efficient, and then you can eliminate some of the furnace problems and concerns that you are dealing with. There are a lot of different things that can occur when there is an issue with the gas lines to your furnace, so you should get them looked at right away, along with the furnace, to avoid having a life-threatening disaster at your home.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Ragan Mechanical Inc.