5 mistakes concerning your stove that you should avoid.

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Gas stoves are the first way to heat houses in the Central Valley. In fact, they are the number one way to heat houses throughout the country, thanks to their high heating capacity and lower costs of natural gas compared to electricity. The furnaces are reliable and energy efficient.

If your household is one of the many that uses a stove for heating, we have some advice on what not to do for the coming winter. These are common mistakes that people make with gas stoves that can lead to their poor operation or even become dangerous. We want you to be safe throughout the winter and enjoy the best performance of your gas stove, so beware of these 5 mistakes in your stove.

1: Skipping regular furnace maintenance
We cannot emphasise this enough - the gas stove must be inspected and tuned annually by a licensed HVAC specialist. Maintenance is necessary to ensure that the stove has no potential safety problems and other repair problems are solved early so that they can be repaired before winter frosts. Maintenance will also extend the life of the stove and reduce the number of repairs that will be necessary. Plan the maintenance of the stove before the arrival of winter.

2: Leave the same stove filter in place throughout the winter.
Once our technicians have carried out maintenance on your furnace, they will insert a new furnace filter. Then change the filter regularly. The filter must be changed at least once in the winter, and perhaps also every month. Leaving the same filter in place will reduce the energy efficiency of the stove, cause a drop in the air flow and may even cause the stove power switch to trip.

3: Storing objects too close to the stove
If your stove is in a closet or in a garage, you can store items directly next to it. We do not recommend this as it may be a fire hazard. Try to give the closet of your stove about as much free space as possible. And do not store highly flammable materials such as paint thinner near the stove.

4: Blocking the room vents
Before you turn on the stove for the season, take a tour of the rooms in your home to see that all vents are open and undisturbed. Furniture may have been moved to block some vents, or may have closed blinds. Blocking air vents in unused rooms does not reduce energy use - it increases the air pressure in your HVAC system, which can lead to damage.

5: Ignore signs of malfunction
Please call for professional repair assistance as soon as you notice strange behaviour from your home stove. Reject something like strange noise, because only a "minor" problem can jeopardize your comfort. Or worse. Pay attention to warning signs, such as cold spots around the house, sharp smells from the vents, fast switching on and off the stove, tripped switches or gas bills that are much higher than normal.

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