Have you found a red tag on your furnace recently? The tag means one thing: the unit is not safe to operate and you must resolve the problem as soon as possible — or you risk the health and safety of everyone in the home or building.
If you have a red-tagged furnace, the problem is likely to be caused by one of the following reasons:
- Carbon monoxide leaks.
- Cracks or breaches in the heat exchanger.
- Damage to the exterior of the furnace.
- Blocked flue vents.
- Faulty duct systems.
- Uncontrolled heat source.
More often than not, your local utility company shut the system down and placed the tag on the unit. As the energy provider, they have a civic responsibility to protect the people in their area by providing energy in a safe environment. Therefore, they are within their legal rights to remove the hazard by stopping the heat source and shutting the problematic furnace down. Conscientious HVAC contractors can also choose to shut a system down if they find issues that local mandates consider a red-tagged furnace.
The best way to address the issue is to contact an HVAC professional in your area who has in-depth knowledge of the local mandates and the expertise to fix a red-tagged furnace. If you choose to attempt repairs or replace the unit yourself, you may still have to notify the utility company or end up hiring a contractor anyways to verify the safety of the new system.
For a quick response and solution to your red-tagged furnace in the Asheville area, contact Smoky Mountain Heating and Air.
Our goal is to help educate our customers 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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