If you’ve ever wondered whether regular furnace maintenance is really that essential, consider this: it could potentially save your life. Furnace issues may seem minor at first, but they can gradually evolve into serious safety hazards. One seemingly harmless issue is the presence of condensation in a furnace vent pipe, something our team routinely checks in maintenance appointments.
The danger of condensation lies in its power to corrode and deteriorate the vent pipe – the very channel designed to safely expel combustion gases outside your home. The onset of condensation can also cause the burners to deteriorate, leading to incomplete combustion. So, what does this mean exactly? Inefficient combustion can translate into the formation of carbon monoxide (CO), a deadly gas that is especially dangerous because it is colourless and odourless.
In addiction to that, corroded, and perforated vent piping could allow this harmful CO gas to seep into your living areas. This is not only a threat to your safety but also an infraction per the B-149 Gas Code.
Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate these risks. One of the best defences is ensuring you have a working CO detector in tandem with smoke detectors. This is not just a safety recommendation—it’s law in Ontario. Learn more about the requirements here.
The most proactive step you can take, however, is scheduling routine furnace inspections at least once per year. Regular check-ups can catch early signs of issues before they escalate into larger, potentially life-threatening problems. So, don’t wait—give us a call! We understand that keeping your home and family safe is a top priority, and we want to help.