Even though propane has a remarkable safety record and it remains one of the safest fuels around, you should always call in a professional if you ever need a propane appliance repair or want to install a new propane gas appliance in your home.
The fact is, watching “how-to” videos online or reading some home improvement blogs does not give you the expertise to handle what you’ll encounter if you try to DIY (do-it-yourself) a propane repair or an installation.
Remember, your propane appliances represent a valuable investment in your home. You should protect that investment by getting professional repairs. Think about how much a new water heater or furnace costs. Weigh that against your temptation to try and fix it yourself and imagine if your attempts failed and forced you to have to replace the appliance. Here is another reason: trying to repair your propane appliance yourself could void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Need more reasons? Well, you most likely don’t have the proper tools or equipment to do the job. Even worse, you could jeopardize the safety of yourself and your family.
The bottom line: repairing or installing a complex propane appliance can often present unique challenges that require extensive training and sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Certified propane technicians have the training, experience, and tools to get the job done—quickly, correctly and safely—thanks in large part to the Certified Employee Training Program (CETP), which is run under the direction of the Propane Education & Research Council.
On-going technician training includes in-house seminars and hands-on demonstrations from manufacturer representatives, insurance companies, and other propane experts, who discuss the safe installation and repair of the latest appliances.
So remember, if you need a repair or an installation, don’t pick up a tool. Pick up a phone and contact your propane service contractor.
To stay as safe as possible, you should always pay close attention to the operation of your gas appliances. The best way to keep all your propane equipment running properly is to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance. Be sure to consult your owner’s manuals for what’s required and then reach out to your propane service contractor.
When propane gas appliances operate properly, propane burns with a blue flame. If you see yellow flames—or notice significant amounts of soot on any equipment–the gas may not be burning completely. This can create a carbon monoxide build-up in your home. Contact your propane company or HVAC contractor for service if you notice a yellow flame or soot on your appliances.
You should also regularly check the outdoor vents of your appliances to make sure combustion gases flow unobstructed to the outdoors. Insects, birds and small animals have been known to build nests in vent pipes. To prevent any damage, use a broom or a soft brush to gently remove any obstructions you find in your vents.
If you have questions or concerns about propane safety, be sure to consult with your local Tennessee propane company or your HVAC contractor.
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