How Often Should You Arrange a Propane Safety Inspection?

Ensure your furnace or boiler is running safely.

home heating Mercer County, NJ Your home heating equipment is unlike any other appliance or system you own. For one thing, it’s often the priciest piece of equipment you buy for your house. Additionally, you depend on it to safeguard your family’s comfort in the most frigid months in Mercer County and throughout Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

While propane home heating equipment has a stellar safety rating because of high industry standards and strong federal, state and local oversight, it’s still important to arrange regular safety inspections for your propane furnace or boiler. At Blue Flame, we have trained, experienced technicians who can inspect your propane equipment to ensure your household stays safe and comfortable.

What is a propane safety check?

A propane safety check is an opportunity for a trained technician to look at all the key components of your heating system and ensure they are functioning properly. These checks include inspecting your heat exchanger, burners and ignitor to make sure your propane is burning completely and that combustion byproducts are venting effectively from your home. They also involve checking safety mechanisms and how your heating equipment communicates with your thermostat.

When you arrange a regular propane system safety check, you can be confident that your furnace or boiler is operating well.

When should you arrange a propane system safety inspection?

As a general rule, you should have a professional technician inspect your home’s heating equipment for safety once a year.

We recommend you arrange your annual home heating service in the spring when you don’t need your boiler or furnace to keep you warm. This will guarantee that your equipment will be in safe working condition when you switch it back on next winter.

How can you tell if your propane equipment is struggling?

There are some ways you can tell if your propane boiler or furnace is struggling and may pose a safety concern. These include:

  1. Clanging, rattling or other mechanical sounds.
  2. Odd smells from your equipment.
  3. Leaking water, in the case of boilers.
  4. Higher than normal propane usage.
  5. Orange or yellow flames form your burners — propane flames should always be blue.
  6. The pilot light continually going out.

For reference, propane is scented to smell like skunk spray, rotten eggs or spoiled meat. This makes it easier to recognize a propane leak, but we also recommend you install UL-listed gas detectors near all propane appliances.

If you suspect a propane gas leak in or around your home, leave the area immediately and contact both emergency services and Blue Flame.

Blue Flame — Serving Homes in NJ and PA.

Whether you need dependable propane delivery or a safety inspection for your gas-fired equipment, you can’t do better than the Blue Flame team. Our employees are experienced and professional and can check your heating equipment for safety. We provide regulator testing and replacement; valve, gauge and propane connection replacements; and propane piping modification. You can be fully confident that Blue Flame will keep your home’s gas-fired equipment running reliably, efficiently and safely. Our top priority is your well-being.

Get in touch with Blue Flame to arrange an appointment for a home heating inspection.