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Uh-Oh. How Do You Handle a Red-Tagged Furnace?

February 18, 2014 | Blog

Your furnace can be red-tagged by an HVAC professional for many reasons, most of which are dangerous. There are two different types of red tags — one means your furnace cannot be run at all; the other requires that you make repairs within a specific timeframe. Once you’ve figured out why you have a red-tagged furnace, if you’re not sure of your next move, here’s a short list of things that you can do:

Since a red tagged furnace sometimes means that you cannot run the appliance until it is repaired, your first order of business is to obtain the reason why the furnace failed inspection and contact your HVAC contractor to schedule an appointment and have it fixed.

If you are renting, obviously you should notify your landlord as soon as possible so that he or she can set up the repairs.

If your red-tagged furnace indicates that it cannot be used, turning it on can be deadly. If your local temperatures are low, you should see about buying or renting portable space heaters and warming your home this way. You can also use your fireplace. If the furnace is completely shut off, there should be no gas escaping from it.

Once you have had your red-tagged furnace repaired, it must be inspected again to guarantee your safety and to prove the repairs are up to code.

Making regular appointments to service and inspect your heating and air conditioning can keep you from having an equipment failure during extreme weather. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about your equipment, please contact Mathews CCAC. We are a reliable, full-service company proudly serving the Corpus Christi, TX area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about red-tagged furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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