According to the National Fire Protection Association, one of the leading causes of home fires is a problem with the heating equipment. With October being Fire Prevention Month, this is a good time to remind you that annual heating services to inspect and maintain your heating equipment is a maintenance task you should never neglect.
A common misconception is that only gas furnaces pose a fire hazard if not kept in top condition. Even electric furnaces can be the source for a fire if they become overheated due to dirt around the motor or clogged air filters not permitting appropriate airflow. The bearings can also create enough heat if they are too tight, worn out, or not properly lubricated, as they are during heating services. In addition, faulty parts or wiring issues can create a spark that can ignite nearly any structural material or items stored by the furnace.
Speaking of storage, your heating services company will also alert you if they feel you have stored something flammable too close to the equipment. The purpose for annual heating services is to get your system in top working order so that it operates in an efficient and safe manner. If you forego these services and your furnace stops working, you might switch over to an alternative heating source, such as space heaters, which are at even higher risk for a fire when faulty or not operated in a safe manner.
Here at JLK Mechanical Heating & Cooling, we provide quality heating services that will give you peace of mind that your home won’t join the list of the many house fires that are caused by heating equipment each year. We’ll also help you enjoy reliable heat and the lowest heating costs possible. The colder weather is coming, but you can be prepared for the worst with our effective heating services. Call today to schedule an appointment.