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Avoid Dangerous Furnace Problems with These Furnace Maintenance Tips

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Your home's furnace is working hard this time of year, and your family is depending on it to keep all of you warm. Furnace problems will not only leave you cold--a malfunctioning furnace can cause a fire or release dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Keeping your furnace clean and well cared for will make its job easier, which will save wear and tear and keep your furnace healthy longer. A healthy furnace will heat your home more evenly, save you money on your energy bills, and avoid expensive and potentially dangerous furnace malfunctions. Read on to learn the steps to a happy furnace.

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  • HomeSpot HQ
    HomeSpot HQ Durham, NC
    on Feb 7, 2013

    One common problem I've seen is homeowners using duct tape for sealing up air gaps on the ducts and flue. Mastic tape should be used instead. Duct tape will become brittle from heat and fall off.

    • Tim's Man Blog
      Tim's Man Blog Kansas City, MO
      on Oct 18, 2014

      @HomeSpot HQ As an HVAC tech myself, I've found it ironic that what they call duct tape is actually the worst possible choice for using on ducts.... Personally, I prefer foil tape..... mastic tape offers an extra level of insulation, but I don't like working with the stuff....lol

  • Wet & Forget
    Wet & Forget Elgin, IL
    on Feb 13, 2013

    Thanks for great tip Tyler!

  • Never ever use any tapes or sealants on flue pipes. The natural draft should be pulling air into the openings. If that is not the case, you need a professional that understands drafts and corrects the issues. For ducts however, mastic sealants are used. They do make a foil tape that is allowed but is very expensive. Duct tape is not to be used, its not for ducts. The adhesive used dries up and the tape will eventually fall off and fail.

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