Experts: Routine Furnace Maintenance A Must


UPDATED: Monday January 21, 2013 7:23 PM

Furnace experts say that routine furnace maintenance is important to stay warm and to stay safe.

Mike Toops with Care Heating and Cooling said that he has spent the past 28 years making sure furnaces function properly.

“Right now, I’m hooked up to the gas valve, so I can check the pressure coming out, which is a little low right now,” Toops said. “What we’re looking for is anything below 100 parts per million on carbon monoxide. We should have none in the airstream.”

Toops said that homeowners need to keep an eye and ear out for anything unusual. He said that heat exchangers can crack and release the colorless, odorless gas.

Carbon monoxide detectors also are a good idea, he said.

“That’s the scary thing, that’s what we don’t want is something that has issues and people ignore it,” Toops said.

He said that homeowners should have their furnaces checked by professionals twice a year.

Toops also said that homeowners can do some safety checks on their own – checking filters is one example.

According to Toops, filters need to be changed every three months.

Ryan Wiens, a first-time home buyer, said that he did not want to take any changes this winter.

“I’ve never known the equipment, so I just want to check that it’s safe and ready to go for the winter in case it does break down on cold nights like tonight,” Wiens said.

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