You already know that wildfires here in Arizona are no joke. A fire can double in size in a day, and the only thing you can do is rush to contain it as early as possible. Unfortunately, contrary to what Smokey Bear says, it is not true that “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.” Here at Parker and Sons we say something similar: “Only YOU can prevent HVAC-related house fires.” Sure, that doesn’t have as nice a ring to it … but it’s true! There are many things YOU can do to prevent fire safety hazards with your HVAC system.
Clean around furnace area
As you might expect, the main HVAC fire safety issue is going to be caused by your furnace. Maybe you don’t plan on using your furnace until next month, but that means now is the perfect time to start being mindful about how you can be safe with your system. First of all, you of course need to keep things away from your furnace, but not just the obvious things like paper, or wood, or gas … even clothing items or rags could create a fire hazard around your furnace.
Change your furnace filter
Once you’ve got that out of the way (literally), the next thing you should do is be sure you’re regularly changing your furnace filter! Did you know that a dirty furnace filter causes air to be trapped in your system, which could cause your system to overheat, and possibly start a fire? Changing your furnace filter is probably the easiest thing you can do to prevent a fire. You’re probably used to changing your filter every three to six months, but that doesn’t always work in the winter because it’s being used more in the winter. Check your filter monthly, and you may be surprised to see how often it’s getting clogged!
The last thing to be aware of is that regular furnace maintenance is the only way to ensure fire safety. This is because malfunctioning parts can overheat your furnace and even lead to a fire. When we’re out on a furnace call, our technicians will find and fix malfunctioning parts before they become an issue. Plus, malfunctioning parts could not only cause overheating, but could contribute to the risk of a gas leak (assuming you have a gas furnace). And of course, this gas could result in a fire. So how do you know if your gas furnace is leaking? Here are a few indicators:
- Rotten egg smell (yuck!)
- Experiencing symptoms like difficulty breathing, being tired, dizziness
- Plants dying with no explanation
- Sudden high heating bills with no explanation
Gas leaks are relatively rare. But it still very possible that malfunctioning furnace parts could cause a gas leak, which not only is a fire hazard, but a very bad thing in general.
But don’t worry! The technicians at Parker and Sons here in Phoenix are highly trained to detect these issues during routine maintenance. While there are some HVAC fire safety measures you can take yourself, the best thing you can do is get regular HVAC maintenance from Parker and Sons. Click here to schedule service online, or give us a call at 602-273-7247. We guarantee the safety and comfort of your family!