How to Prevent Furnace Puff Backs
When furnace burners don't ignite properly, they can cause excess oil to explode, creating what's known as a puff back. This small, but dangerous combustion can release soot and smoke throughout the house, damaging the structure and contaminating the air. Puff backs can also harm your heating equipment, making it more susceptible to failure or dysfunction in the future. If you want to avoid expensive furnace repairs - and having to call a residential restoration service to clean up the soot - here are a few strategies for puff back prevention that you should follow.
How to Reduce the Risk of Furnace Puff Back
Service Your Furnace
Puff backs are typically caused by a variety of furnace complications that often occur after the equipment has been turned off for some time. Common causes include oil leaks, clogs, cracked heat exchangers, and burner shutdown. The best way to prevent these problems from causing a puff back is to have your furnace professionally serviced at least once a year - preferably before you turn it on for the winter season.
Watch for Soot
In addition to annual maintenance, it's important to keep an eye on your furnace and look for warning signs that a puff back may occur. If you spot soot or smoke damage on the equipment, in the air ducts, or in the room where it is stored, your furnace may be experiencing ignition problems that could eventually cause a puff back. To reduce the chances of damage, call a technician for repairs and have a residential restoration service clean the soot and smoke.
Listen for Problems
If your furnace is making unusual sounds, a mechanical problem may be to blame. For example, a small bang could indicate that unused oil is being ignited. Low, rumbling noises, on the other hand, often suggests a problem with the oil burner shutdown. Upon hearing the sounds, you should turn off the equipment and call a professional for immediate inspection and repairs.
Address Leaks and Debris
Even if your furnace seems to be operating fine, less visible issues may be present that increase the risk of puff back. Oil leaks, for instance, may prevent proper flow of fuel and eventually cause unused oil to build-up and combust upon ignition. Flue vent connectors should also be inspected for clogs, as smoke and soot debris can collect and impair furnace operation. If you notice these issues, have your equipment professionally serviced and cleaned.
If you do experience a puff back, calling SERVPRO of Cumberland County immediately can help prevent structural problems, foul odors, and smoke damage from taking over your home. If you're a homeowner in Bridgeton, Millville, Vineland, or the surrounding areas in Cumberland County, you can rely on us for comprehensive cleaning and restoration services. Backed by heavy equipment, our professionals are able to thoroughly remove smoke, soot, and fire damage. To learn more about SERVPRO of Cumberland County’s residential restoration services, visit us online. To request emergency cleaning services any hour of any day,(24 hours, 7 days a week), call 856-692-0041.