When you call a technician in to your home for a furnace inspections and they find your furnace unsafe – furnace gets red tagged! Now we are in the winter season,
the winter brings long nights, short days, brisk weather, and playing in the snow with your kids or grand kids. This is all part of what makes winter special. On the flip side there are dangerous roads, bad drivers, icy walk ways, cleaning the car off and broken heating systems.
If your furnace, fireplace, water heater, or boiler doesn’t get annual maintenance and your units are getting old. Chances are you have a ticking time bomb in your home, and when your appliances does start to act up they will be so far gone and dangerous that your mechanic will be forced by law to “Red Tag” your units, and shut off your gas to your home. Furnace red tagged is because they feel it poses a risk due to its dangerous condition, it is the law! Ignoring these rules can lead to a home tragedy or even death.
Reasons for your furnace red tagged unit usually have to do with a broken heat exchanger, insufficient combustion, or rusted vent pipe in your furnace that lets extremely flammable gas escape. The TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) is the governing presence for gas safety in Ontario. They are a not for profit safety organization, not funded by the government and are prevention oriented. They enforce their regulations under the Ontario Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000. When there is a clear sign of a present danger, the gas technician is required under the TSSA to shut down the appliance completely and turn off the gas, furnace red tagged. The homeowner now has absolutely no choice but to do costly repairs or replace the whole unit. Usually it is much more cost effective on a long term basis to just replace the unit unless mechanic recommends otherwise.
There are many ways to prevent having your furnace red tagged. The most important step is to have your gas appliances safety, checked and cleaned annually. This is a relatively low cost solution compared to having to purchase a brand new system. A way to deter expensive repairs is to call your local HVAC provider and talk about service plans. Most service plans cover no heat, after hour’s emergency service, parts, labour, and safety check and clean, and of course peace of mind. The difference between a service plan and a warranty is with a service plan you actually get something out of it each year you pay in to it.
So if you are the unfortunate person that gets your furnace red tagged in their home, understand it is not the mechanics fault they are just keeping you and your home safe, and are forced to by law!
To learn more click here:https://www.achrnews.com/articles/red-tagging-a-furnace-who-is-responsible