The National Fire Code of Canada (NFC) states that heating systems, including appliances, shall be operated and maintained so as not to create a hazardous condition. This means “as per the manufacturer’s instructions” and includes annual inspections of both the appliance and the chimney/venting system.
To lessen the risk of a fire or of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning your furnace or boiler requires regular maintenance by a qualified technician. Contact your fuel provider to schedule an annual maintenance inspection prior to turning your appliance on for the heating season. It may be helpful too to ask the technician if there is any additional maintenance you should be doing yourself, in-between annual inspections; changing filters, bleeding lines, vacuuming ducts etc. If there is, ask the technician for clear instructions on how to conduct the maintenance items.
If you heat with natural gas smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house and leave the door(s) open. Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion. Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a qualified gas technician.
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