How A Furnace & Duct System Should Be Cleaned To Prevent A Fire Hazard

Posted on: 16 January 2015

A furnace is connected to a duct system that must be kept free from an accumulation of dirt and dust to prevent a fire hazard. If you have a gas furnace, it is also important to keep the area surrounding it clean so nothing will get into the flame or cause an explosion. Find out how you can keep your air ducts and furnace clean to prevent too much dirt from building up.

How Should A Furnace Be Cleaned?

The outer cover of your furnace must be wiped down on occasion because dirt and dust can attach to it, which can lead to a fire. The dirt can become excessively hot. You can keep the furnace cover clean by cleaning it with a damp cloth. There is no need to use any soap on the cloth because warm water should get the job done. If you decide to use soap, make sure it is a product that does not contain any flammable chemicals.

Keeping the area around the furnace clean is just as important as the furnace. It is not a good idea to have trash or dirt around the furnace. Sweep trash away from the furnace with a broom. You can suction up dirt by using vacuum cleaner attachments, or it can be swept into a dustpan and discarded.

How Should The Air Ducts Connected To A Furnace Be Cleaned?

You must make sure the air ducts to your furnace is clean because dirt and dust can get hot when you have your heating system on. The ventilation system must also be clean to prevent allergens from circulating around your home from out of the vents. The air ducts must be cleaned by a heating specialist if you want it done thoroughly, but there are things you can do to reduce the amount of dust as well.

All you need to clean the vents is a chair or step ladder, damp cloth with warm water and maybe a screwdriver. If there are screws in the vent covers, remove them and take off the vent covers in each room of your home while standing on a chair or step ladder. Reach into the vents as far as you can to clean out dirt and dust with the damp cloth. Clean the vent covers with the cloth as well.

Don't allow a dirty furnace and air ducts to put your home at risk for a fire. You can hire a heating specialist, like those at Robert Bair Plumbing Heating & Air, to inspect the furnace and duct system to clean them and make needed repair every once in while!