How To Check Your Flue Pipe

Maintaining a safe furnace is critical to keep your home and family protected from harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide. To ensure proper ventilation of these gases, it is important to visually inspect and Check Your Flue Pipe regularly. The flue pipe safely vents exhaust, carbon monoxide, and combustion byproducts out of your home. Flue pipes can be made from metal or PVC, both of which can be easily examined. 


Start by removing the flue cap to check for blockages like debris or birds’ nests, and then replace and secure the cap tightly to prevent such blockages. Check the pipe for external decay, rust, or water streaks, which may indicate an issue. Soot near the base of the furnace can also be a sign of a problem. Always be on the lookout for cracks or corrosion on the pipe. If any of these issues are found, it is important to call a technician to diagnose the issue. 


Gas appliances like furnaces and water heaters require combustion air to burn fuel such as natural gas or liquid propane. Byproducts of the burned fuel need to be properly ventilated and removed from your home to prevent dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. 


It is also essential to check the batteries and operation of your carbon monoxide detector regularly by using the “test” button if available. If it fails, it is time to replace it. In addition to monitoring carbon monoxide levels, it is recommended to change the air filter in your furnace at least once a month to avoid issues from arising earlier. 


Remember to stay vigilant when it comes to furnace upkeep and maintenance. If you notice any decay, cracks, or other issues on or around your flue pipe, don’t hesitate to call a technician to inspect and diagnose your issue. For all your HVAC needs, call Budget and relax knowing your furnace is in good hands.

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