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Now is the time to get your furnace inspected, say officials


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Now is the time to get your furnace inspected before the cold temperatures start up.

Wisconsin Public Service officials say you should be getting a professional out once a year to inspect your furnace, whether it's gas or electric. Spokeswoman Kelly Zagrzebski says that inspection could help spot potentially serious problems. "C-O concerns, gas concerns, you just want to make sure you have the expert technician take a look at it."

Inspector Tom Wix with the Comfort Gallery in Wausau says the inspector can find plugs and worn parts on your furnace before they turn into problems that could cause carbon monoxide backup. "Traps and hoses and such all need to be cleaned and make sure they're not going to be plugged. Keeping up on the maintenance is so important today because we can't rely on an alarm just to save our life." You'll also want to change out or clean your furnace's filters as needed. Most modern furnaces come with a thermostat that will remind you when to change the filter.

Zagrzebski says newer high efficiency furnaces have PVC pipes to vent out of on the side of your home that you can check before an inspector comes out. "You want to make sure that birds haven't built a nest in them, you want to make sure they're clear of any blockage or debris. That's for any vents, whether it's hot water heater or your furnace." You'll also want to make sure to keep snow away from those vents once winter arrives.

You should be keeping the area around your furnace clear of debris. That includes flammable paper, curtains, drapes or anything else of that nature.

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