Is your furnace safe?

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When the weather starts to cool down here in Albuquerque, it’s time to start thinking about switching off your cooler and turning on your furnace. It’s important to have your furnace started by a local professional.

A technician will look over all aspects of the furnace and make sure everything is operating correctly and safely.  There are many things they will look at, a few include:

  • Filters are cleaned or changed.
  • Wiring is examined for burns or breakdown of the plastic coating.
  • Igniters are examined, whether they are spark or hot surface igniters.
  • The burners are cleaned if needed and checked that they are operating properly.
  • The furnace is checked to make sure it has been de-rated properly.  This is very important as Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the local surrounding areas are all at high elevation and the lack of oxygen causes the flame to burn poorly producing excessive carbon monoxide and reducing the efficiency of your furnace.

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There are many other aspects that are checked but most importantly the technician will test for excessive levels of CO inside the house. CO or carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas. When breathed it can make you feel tired, nauseous, give you headaches and in large amounts kill you.
There are many reports of residential CO poisoning and deaths each year nationwide.

The levels are checked with a highly sensitive “Bacharach CO analyzer” at the two closest vents after the furnace has been running for a few minutes. This will tell us instantly if there is a crack or hole in the heat exchanger letting the burnt gas enter into the house. When high levels of CO are detected the furnace must be shut down right away and either repaired or replaced.

It is very important that your furnace is checked each and every year by an experienced technician to make sure these problems are found and fixed right away.