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Spotting the Warning Signs of a Dangerous Faulty Heater

Common Signs and Dangers From Failing Heaters and Furnaces 

During the cold winter months, everyone starts to rely on their heating systems more to keep their homes and businesses comfortable. Having a heater to keep the holidays merry is essential. However, a faulty heater can pose serious risks. 

Keeping the heater running safely is in the best interest of every homeowner. In this article, learn some hazards associated with malfunctioning furnaces and heaters and how to identify and prevent them.

Noticing Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, making it difficult to detect without proper equipment. It results from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, so when a furnace malfunctions, it can be released. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer that can occur when a furnace or heater malfunctions, releasing this dangerous gas into the air. The warning signs of carbon monoxide exposure include headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness, and flu-like symptoms that persist or worsen over time.

Installing carbon monoxide detectors around the house, especially near gas appliances, is crucial to protect everyone in the home. These detectors can alert residents to potential carbon monoxide leaks so they can evacuate and take action before someone gets sick. 

Is Mold Growing? 

bad smellMold can be a real problem inside the heating system and ductwork. Warm, moist air travels around the home. This can spur the growth of mold, which can cause serious health problems to those who are exposed. Some of the signs that mold is growing in the heating and cooling system are:  

  • Musty odors 
  • Visible growth around the edges of windows
  • Black, fuzzy deposits on air vents
  • Poor respiratory health
  • Constant health problems through the winter 

Changing air and furnace filters and seasonal HVAC maintenance can help prevent problems with the system that can lead to mold growth. 

Noticing Overheating Furnaces and Heaters

filterAn overheating furnace or heater can lead to catastrophic consequences. Every year, fires are started by overheating furnaces. Despite numerous safety devices that prevent overheating, it is still a problem that homeowners should know how to spot. Some of the warning signs of an overheating heater are:

  • A burning smell or unusual odor
  • A humming or unusual noise
  • Safety devices on the furnace that are constantly tripping

If these signs are noticed, homeowners should call a professional for heating service. To prevent this emergency and keep the holidays running smoothly, allow heating professionals to perform seasonal maintenance and change out filters when needed. 

About Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is a family-owned and operated company serving Santa Maria, CA, and the surrounding areas. They provide reasonable rates, same-day service, and on-time service. Call them today for emergency heating repair in Santa Maria, CA

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