- Posted by admin
- On November 29, 2017
- furnace, Hamilton, home comfort, tips
Have you ever heard of or seen a furnace red tag? If you have, you likely know how serious the matter is. For those who don’t, a red tag on your heating system essentially means that your equipment is unsafe. But what is red tagging and what can you do to avoid being red tagged?
A red tag (or infraction) is an indicative form placed on gas equipment by a licensed heating and cooling professional who has determined the system to be unsafe. This means that the equipment cannot operate and must be repaired or replaced.
If the issue is considered severe, the technician may even be required by law to contact the gas provider and have the gas turned off to protect the home’s residents. Severe issues are often attributed to carbon monoxide leaks from your furnace. Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that can rapidly deteriorate health and even lead to death, therefore cutting off the gas supply is necessary if a CO leak is suspected.
There are two types of red tagging that may be applied:
Type A: This tag is issued in cases of immediate danger—like a carbon monoxide leak. In this case, the natural gas supply will be turned off immediately and your furnace must be repaired or replaced.
Type B: This tag is issued when a repair is required but does not pose an immediate danger to the home’s residents. This warning tag comes with a specific period of time in which the homeowner must have their system repaired or replaced. If the time runs out before the furnace repair or replacement is made, the gas will be shut off.
The best way to avoid having your furnace red tagged is to keep up with regular heating maintenance. This includes annual tune-ups and cleanings and proper, professional assessment and repair in the event of any breakdowns.
If you’ve received a warning tag, call a licensed contractor like us at HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. to perform a professional diagnostic of your equipment. Natural gas leaks are dangerous and require professional attention—don’t try to fix the problem yourself!
Questions or concerns?
We’re always prepared to help and have proudly served Hamilton and the surrounding area for over 70 years.