When it comes to household fires, homeowners don’t often see their HVAC system as a concern. Candles, cooking equipment, outdated electric wiring – these are some of the most common fire starters you’ll hear about. The truth is, while it’s not as common, heating and cooling equipment can pose as a fire hazard. In honor of October being National Fire Prevention Month, we’re going to provide you with some helpful tips so that you can better avoid HVAC fire hazards. The best way to safeguard your home and your family is by having a licensed professional perform routine maintenance on your system. By doing so, you can tackle any potential problem before it gets serious.
Here are some of the top causes of HVAC-related fires, and how you can avoid them:
1. Faulty Electrical Connections
Like any other household appliance, as your air conditioner and furnace age, their components will likewise age. Old wiring often loosens and frays, and consequently burns, which leaves your equipment susceptible to a fire. The theme of NFPA’s fire prevention campaign this year is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – a fire can happen anywhere.” Inspect your system right away by looking for any signs of smoke and by listening for sounds of burning. If you think there could be a problem with your HVAC equipment, call a technician immediately.
2. Congested HVAC System
You might see your furnace as a big shelf on which to store your things, but overcrowding can lead to a fire. There is a simple fix here. Keep your HVAC system and its surrounding space clear of clutter – and debris. As we get deeper into the fall season, dried leaves and twigs will start to accumulate. Clean the outside of your system regularly to prevent them from amassing.
3. Improper Gas Connection
If your system has low gas pressure, condensation will appear in the heat exchanger. Conversely, if you have gas pressure that’s too high, your heat exchanger will overheat. If your gas connection is off, even just slightly, it can result in a gas leak, which greatly increases your risk of a fire. This is just one of the many reasons why we recommend having your HVAC system maintained regularly. When you schedule an appointment with us, we’ll inspect all the innerworkings of your system, and ensure that your gas connection is just right.
4. Fuel Leak
We don’t have to tell you about the dangers of fuel meeting heated elements; it’s common sense what can come from it. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know there’s a problem with their fuel line until afterward, when the damage has already been done. Like any other HVAC-related problem, this too can be avoided with annual maintenance. If you smell fuel coming from your system, have an HVAC technician come to your home immediately.
If you want peace of mind, it’s not too late to schedule your annual furnace tune-up with Complete Comfort. Our fully trained, trusted and expert technicians are among the best in the industry. We have the know-how and equipment to handle all your heating, cooling and indoor air quality needs. Call today at 317-576-3151!