Properly maintaining your natural gas appliances will keep you safe and give you peace of mind.
- Have qualified professionals install appliances to make sure they’re properly connected.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for operation and care.
- Setting your water heater temperature too high can cause severe burns or scalding. Read the water heater instruction manual before setting it to a safe and efficient temperature.
- Call a professional if there is any irregularity with your appliance, like overheating or the presence of soot around a burner.
- Be certain the flame on your gas appliance is bright blue. If it’s consistently yellow, call a professional to check and adjust the burner.
- Make sure a plumber or contractor determines that the equipment is properly vented and adjusted, and that it has an adequate supply of fresh air for safe, efficient combustion.
- Check furnace filters regularly and clean or replace them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- If you have older natural gas equipment, ask a plumber or contractor to replace any uncoated flexible appliance connectors with new flexible connectors.
- Never use your gas range or oven to heat your home.
- Have your fluepipe and chimney checked to make sure they’re not blocked with debris such as nests, branches or ivy.
Some appliances use a safety device that prevents the main burner from turning on if the pilot light is off. If you find a pilot light out, you need to re-light it right away. Follow the instructions in your appliance manual if available. If not, turn off the burner and wait five minutes. This will allow any accumulated gas to escape.
Always light the match first and then hold it to the pilot burner. Be sure the pilot is lit before turning on the main burner. Refer to your appliance manual for additional information on the safe use of pilot-type and pilotless-ignition gas appliances.