Gas heating equipment

Here are some tips for properly maintaining your furnace and other gas heating equipment:

» If your natural gas heating system has air filters, clean or replace them regularly before they become clogged with dirt. Install new filters per the manufacturer's instructions.

» Keep the area around your furnace clean and free from litter and combustible materials.

» Never install flammable liquids in your home or near fuel-burning appliances. The vapors can be ignited by pilot lights and appliance flames.

» Check your heat exchanger. A gas heater or furnace has a heat exchanger that forms an envelope separating the combustion area from the heated air. A crack in the exchanger can allow toxic carbon monoxide to mix with air sent out into the room. Inspect the exchanger regularly. For information about recognizing and preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, click here.

» Check your flues and vents regularly. Every year or two, have a service representative inspect your furnace, vents, connections and chimneys for corrosion and blockages. In never high-efficiency gas furnaces, the flues are subject to corrosion. They tend to deteriorate faster than older models and can plug up completely, so have them inspected more often. If you have a high-efficiency furnace that exhausts outside your home, keep intakes and vents clear of debris and ice.

Other safety information

How To Recognize A Natural Gas Leak
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If You Smell Natural Gas
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Educate your family
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Carbon Monoxide
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Meter Reader Safety
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» Your Gas Water Heater
» Your Gas Range
» How Natural Gas Gets to You

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