Gillece Services Promotes Heat Exchanger Safety for Residential Gas Furnaces During Heating Season

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When heating season arrives each year, furnace safety is an important area of awareness for both homeowners and HVAC technicians, specifically safety of the furnace’s heat exchanger. Gas furnaces are popular for residential heating and perform safely and efficiently when properly maintained.

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When heating season arrives each year, furnace safety is an important area of awareness for both homeowners and HVAC technicians, specifically safety of the furnace’s heat exchanger. Gas furnaces are popular for residential heating and perform safely and efficiently when properly maintained. A heat exchanger, the internal component of a furnace that helps to transfer heat between fluids, can cause serious and potentially dangerous problems when damaged. Gillece Services promotes heat exchanger safety by raising awareness, offering furnace inspections, and replacing heat exchangers whenever necessary.

Every year, homeowners are advised to have their furnaces and other heating equipment inspected to detect for problems or to otherwise ensure safe and sufficient operation. Inspections can identify existing damages and address them before a home heating system is turned on for the season. As a method of prevention, furnace inspections by HVAC professionals assess the condition of heat exchangers for overall furnace safety.

Gillece Services’ Furnace Safety Check includes visual examination of a heat exchanger by an industry-leading, high-definition camera. The Inspector Camera, used in conjunction with a high-definition monitor, produces a clear, detailed image that is easy to see. Defects are presented in duotone for additional detailed viewing. Gillece HVAC Technicians are able to identify and locate damages through the use of the Inspector Camera, and homeowners can see the inside of their furnace for themselves. A Gillece Furnace Safety Check is recommended prior to the arrival of cold weather and helps families to stay safe when heating their home.

When a heat exchanger becomes cracked or holes are discovered, dangerous leaks are often the result. Flue products can leak into a home via air ducts, often in the form of toxic carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is considered an “invisible killer” due to its colorless and odorless presence and is responsible for hundreds of deaths each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide poisoning occurs most frequently in winter months due to the use of combustion appliances, such as gas furnaces.

A leakage test procedure provided by the American Gas Association (AGA) divides heat exchanger inspection into three steps. If a crack or hole is discovered through visual inspection during the first step, or if the flame is disrupted by the blower after igniting the pilot in the second step, heat exchanger replacement is deemed necessary by the AGA. Gillece Services HVAC Technicians follow this procedure when conducting furnace and heat exchanger inspections of their own.

For over 30 years, Gillece has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop-shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Waterproofing, Indoor Air Quality, and Water Quality services. Gillece provides service to Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. Gillece is “Always Here to Take Your Call,” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

For more information from the CDC on carbon monoxide, visit http://www.cdc.gov/co/. For information on heat exchanger inspection procedures, visit http://www.aga.org.

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