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Avoid the Scare of an Overheating Furnace This Halloween

Everything Homeowners Should Know About Overheating Furnaces

Many scary events around Halloween are embraced. However, an overheating furnace isn’t a situation any homeowner wants to deal with this fall. Overheating furnaces can lead to significant threats to a household. Fortunately, property owners can avoid these issues by following tips on recognizing the warning signs of an overheating furnace and how to prevent it from occurring. 

Risks of an Overheating Furnace

If a furnace overheats, it can lead to dangerous risks to a house, jeopardizing a family’s safety. Some of the possible effects of an overheating furnace can include:

  • Fires: One of the biggest threats of an overheating furnace is the risk of a furnace fire. 
  • Carbon monoxide leak: If a furnace overheats, it can damage the heat exchanger, which can cause a crack that the dangerous gas can leak through, which can cause residents to suffer carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Damaged components: Overheating can wreck or damage various parts of the furnace, causing it to malfunction and require repair or replacement. 
  • Increased energy bills: If a furnace overheats, it can overwork and use excess fuel, resulting in higher utility bills. 
  • Shorter lifespan of the furnace: An overheating furnace can cause additional wear and tear on the furnace, requiring it to be replaced sooner than expected.

Overheating Furnace Symptoms to Watch For

bad smellHomeowners must recognize that a furnace is overheating quickly so a professional can repair it and prevent risks caused by an overheating furnace. Some common signs homeowners should watch for include:

  • Burning odors come from the furnace or the vents.
  • Strange noises, like humming, banging, or rattling. 
  • Frequently turning on and off. This rapid cycling is a safety measure to prevent overheating. 
  • The furnace unexpectedly shuts down because it’s overheating.

Ways to Prevent a Furnace From Overheating

air filter There are steps homeowners can take to prevent their furnaces from overheating and protect their families, which include:

  • Schedule routine heating maintenance with a professional to have the furnace inspected and tuned up so any problems can be detected and repaired. 
  • Perform air filter replacement, typically every 1 to 3 months, depending on the type of furnace filter.
  • Remove any obstructions in front of the vents and registers, and ensure the vents are open.
  • Replace an aging furnace with a newer model. 

About Sasquatch Home Services

Sasquatch Home Services is a local heating, air conditioning, and electrical company serving Langford and the surrounding areas. They offer same-day services, straightforward pricing, and the latest technology. Call them today for heating repair and maintenance services in Langford, BC

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