Dec 21, 2016

How to Find a Furnace Leak

Most people choose to install gas furnaces in their homes because they are energy-efficient and generally cost less. However, one of the greatest concerns in gas furnaces are gas leaks.

Natural gas and propane are actually odorless, but mercaptan is added by gas companies to give it the characteristic smell which is sulfur-like. This is the odor we detect when there is a gas leak. Once we smell this in our homes, we would want to make sure if there really is a leak and locate it. There is no need to worry if we keep in mind the things we should do. Written below are ways on how to find a gas or furnace leak.

  • Where and How to Look For Gas Leaks

Leaks can usually happen between fittings. There could also be pinholes in your pipes. The first you can do is to examine your gas lines. Sometimes, you can hear a hissing sound from the leak. The gas smell can also get stronger as you get nearer the leak. Though this does not happen all the time, there are is another way to find that furnace leak.

  • Use the Soap-Detergent Solution

You can mix about a tablespoon of soap or detergent in a cup of water and spread this over the gas fittings using a brush. Bubbles will appear where there is a gas leak if the air comes out. You can also put this solution in a spray bottle and the same bubbles will appear if you spray it over a leak. This technique is very effective as it is used by professionals in detecting furnace leaks.

Sometimes, leaks do not only take place in fittings. You may apply this solution on your furnace gas line, from the burner, around the gas valve, pilot tube and burner assembly.

     Shut off Your Main Valve Once You Find a Leak and Call a Professional Immediately

If you know where your switch is, immediately turn off your gas. Call a professional right away to repair your broken furnace and avoid any accidents.

If you cannot find a leak with the ways mentioned above and the gas smell still lingers in your home, it is best to call for a professional to check on your furnace.

Remember that safety always comes first, and you do not need to worry about the cost if you found a heating company you can trust with your home and safety of your loved ones.

Written by APM Construction Services, a construction and home maintenance company that is the best choice for heating and cooling in Columbia, MO.

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