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Jonesboro, AR--Ron Smiley reports

Officials Warn Before You Light It Up, Make Sure Your Furnace is Safe

October 13, 2004--Posted 4:00 pm CDT

 

Jonesboro, AR--Officials say time is running out when it comes to natural gas heat furnace safety.  Jarrett Holladay of Holladay Heat and Air says his company has been busy this year dealing with area furnaces, but adds there are always those who wait until the last minute. 

 

“They need to check on whether they have any gas leaks.”  Holladay says.  The best way to check for a leak is by just smelling the air.  Natural gas is naturally odorless but gas companies insert a strong pungent smell to test for leaks.  You can also use your hand and feel for any drafts coming through your pipes.

 

After checking for gas leaks Holladay says you should check to make sure the fire is strong, solid and blue.  He says you may have a problem if the fire is a different color, the fire blows out of the furnace, or something seems to be blocking the flow of the fire.

 

If your furnace is having problems Holladay warns you should leave all repairs up to a professional.

 

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