It's time to turn the furnace on. Before you flip the switch, make sure your furnace is ready for the season with these safety tips:
If you smell gas, get everyone out. Use your neighbor's phone to call a qualified repair person or the gas company immediately. If possible, shut off the gas main from outside the home. Caution: Never attempt to repair gas lines yourself.
Check the flue assembly (when cool) for alignment and rigidity. The flue should run in a straight line from the top of the furnace through the ceiling. Be sure the flue is attached to the furnace collar. Check for loose wiring near the flue. If you find any, move it and secure it well away from the flue pipe. Keep the flue pipe free of excessive deposits of carbon. Have your furnace maintenance person check and clean the flue pipe, fuel lines, safety controls and burner before each heating season.
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