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FAQ: Appliance Information

How do I light my gas appliances?
How often should I have my furnace checked?
Does the water heater really need all that space around it?
Can I turn off the pilot light in my gas fireplace when not in use?

How do I light my gas appliances?

When lighting gas appliances, always follow the instructions of the manufacturer. Always light the match before turning on the gas. Installation, service, repair and disconnection of appliances should be handled by a qualified technician. When moving an appliance, be sure the gas supply is shut off. Make certain every gas appliance has an adequate supply of fresh air.

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How often should I have my furnace checked?

Every year before cold weather arrives, your furnace should be thoroughly inspected by a qualified professional heating contractor. Your natural gas furnace is probably so reliable that, once it's been checked, it should require very little attention the rest of the winter.

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Does the water heater need all that space around it?

Yes. Your water heater or furnace is probably in a closet by itself. And that’s the way it should stay. As tempting as it may be, don't use the space around a water heater or furnace for storage. Even if these major appliances sit in the open, the space around them should be kept clear to ensure adequate air circulation.

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Can I turn off the pilot light in my gas fireplace when not in use?

Yes. Your gas fireplace can be simple to use during the colder times of year, but when warmer weather arrives, there's no longer a need to keep the pilot light burning. Turning off the pilot light for your fireplace can save you money, too.

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