Red Tag on Your Furnace or Boiler?
A Red Tag on your boiler or furnace means it’s been deemed unsafe and needs to be either repaired or replaced.
If you have a furnace or boiler that has received a redtag, the important thing to remember is a red tag means that your boiler or furnace is unsafe to operate. That means you need to either have it repaired so it’s safe to operate or it needs to be completely replaced.
When a technician encounters a furnace or boiler that needs a red tag they don’t have a choice: The law states that if your furnace or boiler is a danger to you, your family, your home, your neighbours, your tenants, or your patrons then a red tag must be placed on it. In some cases, the gas must be turned off right away.
Furnaces and boilers are an essential part of surviving winter in Toronto, but your heating system does need to be properly maintained to be safe. Otherwise, two major hazards can occur:
A gas furnace or boiler kept in good repair with annual maintenance is very safe. Ontario law states that all homes must have a carbon monoxide detector present in order to be safe, but if a homeowner doesn’t take proper care of their furnace or boiler the red tag program will help keep things safe.
Once a red tag is placed the gas provider is notified and the gas supply is turned off until the furnace or boiler is made safe with repairs, or it’s completely replaced.
This is the most serious type. Getting this type of red tag means the furnace or boiler in your home poses a serious danger to you, your family, your tenants, your guests and anyone else in your home or building. Generally, this means that a carbon monoxide leak has been detected and your natural gas provider is called to immediately turn off the gas.
This type of red tag is a warning tag. It means that you still have natural gas, but the clock is ticking. Repairs need to be made immediately to your furnace or boiler within the specified time period or the gas will be shut off indefinitely.