When it comes to caring for your furnace, there are some maintenance projects you can take care of for yourself, such as changing the filter or inspecting the color of your pilot light. You can even install a carbon monoxide monitor to keep track of elevated CO2 levels, which could be an indication that there's something wrong with your furnace. However, there are some things that you absolutely should leave to the professionals. Here are four maintenance needs that you should never attempt on your own.
Adjusting the Gas Pressure
If the gas pressure isn't adjusted properly on your furnace, it's not going to function properly. You could end up with a home that's too cold or too hot, based on the amount of gas that's flowing through the pipes. Not only that, but if the gas pressure is too high, you could be looking at significant furnace damage, not to mention the potential for explosions and furnace fires. However, because you're talking about natural gas, you should never attempt to adjust the gas pressure for yourself. You should leave that to the professionals. If you think the gas pressure on your furnace isn't adjusted properly, call your HVAC technician and have them come out for an inspection.
Testing Electrical Components
Whether you're talking about the wiring in your home or the wiring for your furnace, when you're dealing with electrical components, you should always leave that to the professional HVAC technicians. Working with electrical components, even if you're just testing them, can lead to serious hazards if you don't know what you're doing. In fact, you could be electrocuted, or you could be increasing your risk of an electrical fire in your home. Never test the electrical components of your furnace on your own. If you suspect an electrical issue, call your HVAC technician as soon as possible.
Inspecting the Burner Combustion
If there's a problem with your gas pressure, you could be facing additional troubles with your burner combustion. Dirt, dust, and improper gas pressure can all lead to problems with your burner combustion. Go ahead and change your filter once every three months to help keep dirt out of the combustion area, but leave the heavy-duty maintenance and inspections to your HVAC technician, especially when it involves burner combustion.
Identifying Problems with the Heat Exchanger
The heat exchanger is another area of your furnace that should be left to the professionals. Your heat exchanger can develop small cracks, which can be difficult for the untrained eye to see. Unfortunately, faulty heat exchangers can lead to furnace fires and elevated carbon monoxide emissions. To prevent problems with your heat exchanger, you should have your furnace inspected about once a year.
For more information and help with these issues, contact a professional heating service, such as Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.