Proper care and preventative maintenance will extend the life of your heating system in your Henderson, Nevada, home. A professional HVAC contractor should inspect the system at least twice a year for any underlying issues that aren’t inherently obvious. While some issues may be small, other furnace problems can become a major cause for concern. If you suspect your furnace is leaking gas, it’s important to contact an HVAC specialist immediately. A hissing sound and a smell of rotten eggs are both indications your furnace is leaking gas.
Smell of Rotten Eggs or Sulfur
The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur is never pleasant. Its presence in your home is likely an indication that the furnace is leaking natural gas. It could also be the result of another appliance leaking gas or an electrical issue. The important thing is to have it inspected as soon as possible. Following the smell to pinpoint where it’s coming from is key to identifying the source of the problem. Because leaking gas can be dangerous, this is a task that should be left in the hands of a professional.
If you only notice a faint smell of rotten eggs or sulfur, this means there is probably a light leak. If you don’t have to sniff around for it, this is a sign the gas leak is very strong. Turning off the heater immediately is a smart move. You’ll also want to shut off your gas lines to prevent them from leaking any further. Next, contact an HVAC professional or your local gas company.
Smell of Gas Coming From Air Vents
One of the most notable signs of a furnace leaking gas is if you smell it coming from your air vents or registers. If you notice the smell, you’ll want to shut off the furnace and open all the windows in the home. Many people fail to realize a gas leak can occur even if the furnace is off. If you don’t know how to shut off your gas lines, evacuate the house and call your local gas utility company.
Can’t get a hold of your own gas company? No problem. You can contact the local fire department to investigate the problem.
Invest in Preventative Maintenance
When gas is leaking from the furnace, you’ll likely hear a hissing noise. The sound itself may be quite noticeable. It could also be so faint that you won’t be able to hear it unless it’s completely quiet in your house.
One of the easiest ways to prevent gas leaks is to invest in preventative maintenance for your furnace. Having the unit inspected twice a year — once before the colder months roll around and once after you shut off your heating system — is a wise choice. A professional HVAC contractor can clean the furnace and look for holes in the gas line to minimize the likelihood of it leaking.
Invest in a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Whether you have a propane or natural gas furnace, it’s important to use a carbon monoxide detector. In fact, any type of home would benefit from this type of detector. They’re inexpensive and can potentially save your life. If the detector starts beeping, make sure to investigate the cause. It could be an indication there;s a gas leak. If it’s only one beep every now and then, this is likely a sign you need a new battery.
Sun Country Heating & Cooling specializes in a variety of furnace repair and installation services. We are here to help ensure you stay safe in your home. If you have questions about your furnace leaking gas, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us today at 702-534-3375 if you suspect your furnace is leaking gas. We can create a preventative maintenance plan that helps prevent gas leaks.
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