Your furnace and air conditioner do you the service of keeping your home comfortable. But if you're not careful, these systems can cause more harm than help. Follow these HVAC safety tips with using and working around your system so you don't accidentally fall prey to injuries -- or worse.
Never ignore a bad smell.
The only odor you should ever notice coming from your HVAC system is the faint smell of scorching dust the first time you turn your furnace on for the season. If you ever notice any other odors, it's time to get out of the house and call your HVAC repair team. The smell of rotten eggs typically indicates a dangerous gas leak, and a burning smell may mean a fire is about to start. If you can do so quickly and easily, turn the thermostat off before you leave.
When it comes to ventilation, leave it to the pros.
There are some HVAC maintenance tasks that you can likely handle on your own if you have some basic repair skills. These include washing the evaporating coil, replacing the filter, and re-lighting a pilot light. However, if there is anything wrong that requires you to work with the ventilation pipe or chimney, you should always leave that repair to the experts. Improper ventilation can allow carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, to leak into your home. You're better off paying for repairs than risking your health and your life.
Turn off the electricity first.
Whether you're cleaning the AC condenser, wiping off the outside of the furnace, or just taking a look to see what could be wrong, make sure you turn the electricity supply off to your system first. Especially if there are any frayed wires to blame for the problems your HVAC system is having, you could put yourself at risk of electrical shock if you try working on the unit while it has an active power supply. The easiest solution is usually to turn the power off at the circuit breaker.
Don't touch the gas lines.
When attempting to figure out what is wrong with your unit or make repairs, never address any problems that may involve the gas line. You may accidentally end up causing a leak. Only your HVAC company or the gas company should touch the gas lines as that have specialized training to prevent leaks and explosions.
If you ever suspect that your furnace or air conditioner may not be safe, contact an HVAC company such as Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. for an evaluation.Share
13 June 2017
As a DIY enthusiast, I started doing everything I could to make my household appliances more effective then ever before. I insulated my attic, worked on cleaning the vents around my kitchen appliances, and eventually turned my attention to my air conditioner and furnace. Unfortunately, the process of taking care of my HVAC system was more intense than I had originally anticipated. I realized that I needed to read about air conditioners and furnaces before I started tinkering around. I made this blog to showcase all kinds of different articles that talk about HVAC, so that you can become a more informed homeowner.