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 red tag, 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 has to be turned off right away.
Furnaces and boiler are an essential part of surviving winter in Toronto, but they do need to be properly maintained to be safe. Otherwise, 2 main hazards can occur:
A gas furnace or boiler kept in good repair with annual maintenance is very safe. Ontario law states that all homes have to 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.