It’s Time for Your Gas FurnaceTune-Up – Make Certain Your Heat is Safe

Heating season is right around the corner  – it’s time for a Burnaby Gas Furnace Tune-Up. Yearly maintenance is required to not only assure that your heating system is operating at peak efficiency, but to insure the safety of the system as well.

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

An invisible, tasteless, odorless, extremely toxic gas, carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by a gas boiler with insufficient oxygen being supplied to the burner. When a gas burner is operating correctly, the byproduct is carbon dioxide (CO2). A blocked flue or decreased ventilation will reduce the CO2 to CO. Yearly inspection and maintenance of your gas boiler will decrease the chances of CO emissions from your burner.

Symptoms of CO Poisoning

Often confused with the symptoms of influenza-like illnesses, CO poisoning presents as:

  • Continual headaches that resolve when you leave home
  • Problems with balance
  • Dizziness
  • Intense Fatigue
  • Nausea

Should you experience any symptoms of CO poisoning, it is essential that you interrupt the gas flow to the burner immediately! Properly ventilate your home by opening windows; and call Burnaby Gas Furnace Service & Repair immediately.

Visual Signs of Potential CO Problems

Although not the best way to determine CO problems, there are visual indicators of poor oxygen flow. Because gas burns clean, any discoloration or soot around a gas boiler can indicate a problem. If the flame in your gas boiler is orange or yellow, rather than blue, this indicates poor oxygen flow and should be inspected immediately by a Burnaby Gas Furnace Service & Repair technician.

Annual Tune-Up

It is strongly recommended that your gas boiler be tuned-up by a certified technician before each heating season. A yearly tune-up will include (but not necessarily limited to):

1.  Visual inspection of the burner and furnace (inside and out). Any signs of soot indicate improper combustion and will be inspected and repaired immediately.

2.  Fire up the boiler by turning the thermostat up, demanding heat. Visual inspection of the flame for color and clarity: flame for a gas burner should be blue. If the flame is orange or yellow, this indicates incomplete combustion of available gas flow and must be inspected and repaired immediately. Your technician will now turn thermostat back down, and turn the furnace breaker off to allow furnace to cool.

3.  Once the furnace has completely cooled, the technician will clean the internals thoroughly. Depending on furnace design, your technician may remove the sides to access the inside with a vacuum to insure proper cleaning. The fan blower fans will be wiped clean and the motor oiled (if applicable) at this time as well.

4. After cleaning the internals of the furnace, if there is a fan belt, it will be inspected and replaced/adjusted as indicated at this time.

5. The furnace filter will be replaced at this time. It is strongly recommended that you visually inspect and replace the filter as necessary once a month.

6.  Finally, the side panels will be re-attached, and the circuit breaker turned back on.

Now, your home will be safely warmed when winter arrives!