Home heating appliances come in many sizes and types, including furnaces, space heaters, circulating heaters, boilers, and more. But no matter what type of fuel or power they require or how they are designed to operate, they share a common trait — the ability to become dangerous to operate when certain conditions or factors apply. If you have one or more heating appliances in your home that cause you concern due to condition or even age, here are some tips to help you recognize indications that they may no longer be safe to use.
Rust and corrosion
Since most heating appliances are predominantly made of metal components, rust can be a factor in making them unsafe to use. Furnaces that have been in contact with flood waters may develop hidden areas of rust, even if promptly serviced after the incident. If the rust and corrosion damages a component, connection, or pipe and makes it possible for gas fumes to escape, the home may be at risk for fire or an explosion, as well as the occupant's risk of being poisoned by the leaking gas fumes or carbon monoxide.
Dust, grime, and greasy buildup
When household dust and grime or grease builds up on surfaces, it can be ignited if it comes into contact with heat or an electrical current. Electric baseboard heaters, free-standing electric space heaters, circulating heaters, and floor mount radiant heaters are all subject to the problem of layers of dust and dirt buildup. In addition, their heating elements can become damaged by the weight of the buildup dirt and grease, causing them to operate unsafely.
Cord or circuit breaker issues
Electrical heat sources that have visible cord damage, including cracks, fraying, plug damage, or spliced areas, may not be able to safely withstand the demands placed upon them. Cords with no visible damage can also be a problem if they feel warm or hot to the touch while the heater they power is in use. Additionally, any heating appliance that causes the circuit breaker to flip off or puts out an electrical shock should be disconnected and considered a safety hazard until it can be repaired or replaced.
Heating appliances are a leading cause of house fires, some of which cause injuries and fatalities. Before using any heating appliance in your home, homeowners should read and follow all manufacturer's instructions for usage as well as carefully inspect the appliance for any condition issue that might make it unsafe to use. Having questionable heating appliances inspected by an appliance repair service, like A & A Service Company, before using them is an excellent way to help keep your home and family safe during each heating season.Share
7 December 2018
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