Natural Gas Furnaces - Safety and Maintenance
Your most important source of safety and maintenance
information is the owner’s manual that comes with your new natural gas
furnace. Refer to it every time you have a question or concern.
Each year it is essential that you have your HVAC contractor inspect,
clean and service your furnace. This small investment is good
At the beginning of the heating season:
Clean or replace the air
filter. This will ensure good air flow through your heating system which
will optimize heat distribution in your home
Some manufacturers may
recommend cleaning the blower compartment every year. Refer to the
instructions in your owner’s manual
Clean or replace the air filter on your forced-air furnace. A clean
filter increases air flow which improves air distribution.
Check that your outdoor
vent is clear of obstructions and is not clogged with garden material or
Check that the hot air and
return air registers in every room in your home are not obstructed.
Ensure that there is no furniture obstructing a heating vent.
Warning signs your furnace is not working properly:
Recent temperature control problems (too much or too little heat)
Furnace start-up trouble
yellow or wavering flame
Excessive soot or corrosion
on the furnace or vents
Signs that the flame is
escaping from the furnace – scorch marks by the door or other opening.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
Be alert for unusual odours or flames. These are all
signs that repair is required.
If you smell gas (a "rotten egg" odour), contact Union
Gas immediately at 877 969-0999. If servicing is required call an HVAC
contractor or your retailer.
If you are experiencing nausea, headache, lethargy, or
flu-like symptoms (all signs of carbon monoxide poisoning) call 911
immediately and leave the house. If your carbon monoxide detector goes
off and you have no symptoms, open all doors and windows and contact a
licensed HVAC contractor immediately.