Most of us have gas furnaces in our home, and for good reason. Gas heaters tend to be more effective and energy efficient than electric heaters, depending on the location of the home. However, gas-burning heaters also create a number of possible issues that electrical heating systems don’t have to deal with. Read on to find out more about how a problem with your gas line can threaten your furnace, and what to do about it.
Gas leaks are thankfully not all that common, but they can and do happen. A leak in your gas line could be the result of corrosion on the pipe, unintentional puncturing from digging in the area, or even the soil around the pipe shifting due to rain. Regardless of the cause, leaks can pose a very serious threat to both your furnace and your home. The furnace won’t get enough gas to properly heat the home, obviously, but there’s the added risk of a spark in the wrong place igniting the gas in the line itself. This can cause widespread destruction and bodily harm, which is why it’s so important that you do whatever you can to prevent it from happening.
It’s a bit more rare to have a blockage form in your gas line. Usually a problem in the gas line is the result of a leak. Still, blockages do happen from time to time. Tree roots can grow into the line over time, for example. This can cut off the gas from reaching your furnace, lowering its heat output in the process. A gas line explosion is less likely with a blockage compared to a leak. Still, it is definitely something that you should have dealt with as soon as possible. If you notice that your furnace seems to not be heating as well as it normally does, you should call for repairs as soon as you can.
How to Prevent Gas Line Issues
The best way to do that is to schedule preventive maintenance for your furnace every year. Your technician will go over your furnace in detail, locating and resolving any gas line issues before they have the opportunity to cause serious harm. This will go a long way towards keeping your furnace healthy and safe, in addition to improving the energy efficiency of your system. If you do smell gas in your home, and you can’t locate the source, you should get out of the house and call emergency services, followed by your utility company. Once they’ve confirmed that your home is not in immediate danger, you should schedule an appointment with a professional plumber to resolve whatever the problem with your gas line is. Better to be safe than sorry, after all.