Ignoring Heating Repairs Can Cause Fatal Accidents
Your heating equipment in your home is made up of many parts that need regular maintenance and inspection. If your equipment is left alone to function by itself over time without being checked, a part can go out that needs repair or replacement and cause an electrical or fuel based fire.
There are things you can do to avoid this fatal issue. At the top of the list is to have your heating system checked, repaired, and maintained regularly.
Our professional heating repair technicians recommend that you have your system inspected twice per year, but at least certainly once a year.
What Can Go Wrong?
There are issues that can go wrong with the many parts of the heating system that may not be recognized by the home owner or handyman. That’s why we recommend a professional to handle the inspection for you.
Portable heaters are often the major cause of fires in the home. Gas fueled heaters, wood burning stoves, and Fireplaces are commonly the cause.
If you have a heater that is fueled by a specific fuel, such as oil or kerosene, don’t attempt to use another type of fuel such as gasoline. This is a dangerous practice that seriously will cause a disaster in your home and injury to anyone inside.
Also, burning fuel in enclosed spaces without the proper ventilation will cause problems to your health and could be fatal.
Using biodiesel is becoming a trend across America, however you need to ensure that any heating system you currently have or are going to try to use biodiesel in is properly fitted with adapters.
Fireplaces have come a long way from just burning wood. They can be operated by any number of fuels and often include filtered air circulators that circulate hot, clean air into your home by capturing the hot air surrounding the fireplace, cleaning it with filters, and blowing it out through a blower.
But even modern fireplaces can cause fires if not properly inspected, cleaned, and maintained. You can ensure your chimney doesn’t build up creosote by using only well seasoned wood. Creosote build up can cause chimney fires. Also, be sure your damper settings don’t stay on “Low” for too long a period.
The temperature of the fire within your fireplace is important as well to avoid chimney or other fires. You should avoid roaring fires. Keep your fire to a comfortable temperature, but don’t over feed the fire with fuel or wood.
Fires tend to jump out of a fireplace when wood or kindling sparks. Be sure you consistently watch the fire to make sure logs don’t fall over and cause sparks to reign out onto flammable surfaces.
Every fireplace should have a guard screen. Portable fireplace screens are available for purchase if you don’t want to bother with an installed system.
Even modern wood burning stoves and portable fireplaces function with better technology today. They often include hot air cleaning and disbursing features that very effectively heat the areas of your home.
How Can I Avoid This?
To avoid problems and disasters with your portable stove or fireplace, you should ensure the chimney connections are properly installed and maintained. Burn only wood, and be sure the unit has approved fire blocking materials installed around the unit as instructed by the manufacturer.
Many fires are started because manufacturer recommendations are not followed. To ensure that your family and friends are safe, both in your presence and your absence, have your heating systems professionally installed and regularly inspected and maintained.
Air Temp Residential Heating & Cooling is a licensed and insured residential heating and air conditioning contractor.
Our technicians are highly trained and skilled with the installation, repair, maintenance, and inspection of heating systems. To learn more, give us a call at the number below and be sure to check the Specials area of our website for coupons and discounts!