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What Is a Gas Shutoff in a Furnace and Why Does it Matter?

Hand adjusting a thermostatFor the most part, you can leave knowing the inner-workings of your gas furnace to the professionals. Aside from general furnace maintenance, you can trust your repair, replacement and installation to Jerry Kelly Heating and Air Conditioning! However, there are a few actions everyhomeowner should be familiar with. Namely those that can be used on a general daily basis, and especially those that can save you trouble and a risk of danger in the case of an emergency!

Do you need furnace maintenance for your gas furnace in St. Charles and West County? Contact Jerry Kelly today! We can provide all of the skill, experience and products to ensure your system has a long, healthy life!

What is a gas shut off valve?

Honestly, it’s all in the name. The shut off valve does exactly what it says; shuts off the gas supply to your home. This is the quickest, and most importantly the safest, method of cutting off gas to your home in the case of an emergency. A shutoff valve cuts the gas supply to your home nearly instantly, so it’s very important that you know here it is, and how to operate it!

Where is my gas shutoff valve?

A gas shut off is most commonly located outside of the home, either on the sides, or on the back of a home. Occasionally, they can be found on the roadside near your home, or even sometimes inside your home. In this case, the basement is the most common location. Be prepared to make use of the shut off by:

  • Locating the shut off valve. Next time you do your personal furnace maintenance, make a point to find your valve.
  • Familiarizing yourself with how to operate it. A valve is a simple “on” or “off” system. The direction you turn the valve should be clearly indicated on the valve itself. If not, look up your model for specific details.
  • Have tools ready. If a wrench is needed to operate the valve, as is often the case, hang one near the shut off in case of an emergency. You don’t want to find yourself in a hard spot and not know where the tool is!
  • If needed, ask for help! When it comes to the safety of your home and it’s occupants, there’s no room for ignorance. If you’re unclear on finding or operating your valve, ask a professional! Do not wait until it’s too late.

When do I need to use my shut off?

Essentially any time you feel concerned or threatened! But as a general rule, shut off your gas supply if:

  • You smell gas. Natural gas doesn’t actually smell like anything, but a product called ‘mercaptan’ is added to it. This smells like rotten eggs, or more accurately sulfur. If you smell this, shut off the gas!
  • You hear gas. The sharp sound given off by gas escaping from somewhere it shouldn’t be is plenty of reason to shut off the valve!
  • You suspect a gas leak. If you noticed damaged gas lines, or something leads you to believe you may have a leak, shut off the gas immediately and call a professional.

Furnace maintenance in Missouri with Jerry Kelly

The only thing more important to the experts at Jerry Kelly than superior service is the safety of our patrons! Keep your home safe with regular furnace maintenance, and furnace repair when necessary! Contact us today with any questions you may have, or to set an appointment for your St. Charles home!