Home Energy

Gas Appliances

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Many Montana homes have furnaces, water heaters, clothes dryers and cook ranges/ ovens that use propane or natural gas as the fuel. While these appliances are safe, these precautionary steps must be taken by the consumer to assure they remain that way throughout their life:

Sounds easy doesn’t it?

It is; however, these simple items are generally overlooked by the consumer and can create potentially dangerous situations:

When using combustion appliances follow these guidelines:

Routinely inspect and provide preventive maintenance

Inspect gas appliances for:

Preventive maintenance by a service technician should include:

Keep appliance(s) clean

A dirty furnace filter, clogged oven and range gas orifices, restricted duct work and intake air–flow vents and lint– clogged dryer vents can all alter the performance of gas appliances. Every effort should be made to keep combustion appliances clean from lint, dust, oil and grease.

Never Use unvented gas and kerosene heaters

Unvented combustion heating systems should never be used indoors without proper outside fresh air and exhaust. Infiltration reduction measures (caulking, weatherstripping, etc.) should not be installed if any unvented combustion heater is present in the home. Although unvented heaters are approved for use in some situations, they must be equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor and they must never be used as the primary source of heat nor may they be used in a bedroom.

Beware of carbon monoxide

Among the most serious results of incombustion is the production of carbon monoxide, a odorless and colorless deadly gas. To detect carbon monoxide install at least two carbon monoxide detectors; one located in the furnace room, the other near sleeping areas. These devices may be available at your local building supply or hardware store.

Air-tightening precaution

Air-tightening measures – caulking, weatherstripping, etc. – should never be done without first correcting problems associated with combustion appliances.