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How to Ensure Your Heater Is Working as Safely as Possible


It’s summer and you’re probably not giving your heater much thought. But, it’s always good to have your major appliances at the top of your mind, both your heater and your air conditioner. When you’re constantly learning more about how to operate these household appliances, you can make small improvements to how you use and care for them.

If you haven’t already scheduled heating repair in Salt Lake City this year, it’s better to stay ahead of problems. Don’t wait until winter rolls around again to service your heater. You can keep reading to learn more about why maintenance is so important and how you can prioritize heater safety for your home and family. 


Dust and Dirt

Dust and dirt particles that float around your home and settle on surfaces may not seem like a huge deal. You may have to dust once in a while and don’t give the chore much thought. But if too much dust and dirt builds up in your heater, it can be extremely dangerous. 

Dust and dirt particles can get in the tiniest crevices of your heater and prevent components from working as efficiently as they should. They can also settle on the burners or igniter and cause burning odors. You can prevent dust and dirt largely by changing your air filter on time each month and making sure that you’re using a high quality air filter that captures dust and dirt particles.


Airflow

And while we’re talking about your air filter, there’s another reason you want to make sure that you change it frequently. When your air filter gets full of dust and dirt, it can get clogged and block airflow into your heater.

Without airflow coming in, your heater cannot produce warmth to blow into your home. Your heater may begin to work harder, straining all of the components inside. Your heater may work less efficiently, but it may also cause safety hazards if components are broken due to strain and you don’t realize it.


Heater Inspections

And as important as homeowner maintenance is, you also have to invest in professional maintenance. Our team of experts can often identify problems that you don’t even realize are there. If we have an opportunity to inspect your heater and fix problems before they get out of hand, your heater will be much safer to operate.


CO2 and Fire Alarms

It’s also crucial that you install carbon monoxide detectors and fire alarms. A carbon monoxide detector can alert you to a gas leak if you have a furnace that uses gas to provide heat. A gas leak can pose major fire hazards to your home and a carbon monoxide detector will warn you before you have serious problems. 

The same thing goes for a fire alarm. If something inside your heater begins to burn up, a fire alarm situated near your heater will alert you to a problem before you would find out otherwise.

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