Furnace calls and home heating repairs stack up

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — With the cooler weather furnace repair calls and home heating checks at Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel are stacking up.

“We do a full inspection on the heating equipment. We heat the oil filters, we change the nozzles. We also check the venting of the furnaces to make sure the draft and everything in venting the way it should be,” said Brad Froggatt at Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel, Inc.

Froggatt says now is the time to get the furnace cleaned before you put it to work.

“Things can happen during the summertime, animals insects and things like that can get into certain places that they shouldn’t be and they can foul your heating equipment where it may not run to its maximum efficiency,” he added.

Preventative maintenance is key to making sure your furnace works safely. Experts said a block in the vent can cause many problems.

“If your furnace is not working efficiently and it is a gas furnace it can radiate carbon monoxide,” said James Kinney, home heating expert at Lowe’s.

Other keys to keeping your family safe are smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

“I would recommend they own a CO detector, especially a digital one that will tell you the levels in the home. Plus I would recommend an electrical one that plugs into your socket. That way you don’t have to worry about the batteries and it may battery backup,” Froggatt said.

Experts advise to check and change your batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms and your smoke detectors. There are additional things you can do to prepare for the winter.

“Make sure your batteries are fresh in your thermostats and make sure that everything is clear around the furnace,” said Froggatt.

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