With the arrival of colder weather, Metropolitan Utilities District encourages customers to make sure their heating and ventilation systems are in proper working order. Schedule a furnace inspection and tune-up with a qualified heating and cooling contractor to maintain a safe and efficient system. Other tips to remember:
- Use a clean furnace filter. Standard air filters for furnaces need to be cleaned or changed once a month, more often during the heating season. Newer filters may be washable or require less frequent changing. Check the owner’s manual.
- If a pilot light or burner flame goes out, allow ample time for any gas accumulation to escape before relighting. If the problem continues, call M.U.D. at 402.554.6666, or your heating contractor.
- Gas appliances and furnaces need fresh air for proper combustion. Combustion products need to be vented to the outdoors. Keep flues, ducts and vents attached to appliances and heating systems in good condition and clear of obstructions.
- Do not use gas ovens to heat a room or for any purpose other than cooking.
When burning fossil fuel (wood, propane, oil, natural gas), carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced by lack of air, improperly working appliances or poor flue conditions. As a basic precaution, be sure flue connections and venting always are in perfect working order—unobstructed and properly fitted.
CO detectors can provide added protection, however they are not substitutes for proper use and upkeep of appliances. Maintain and inspect carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in working order.
Signs of a potential carbon monoxide leak include flu-like symptoms: scratchy throat, runny nose, headache, drowsiness or nausea. Be suspicious if all members of your family share the same symptoms and the symptoms clear up when you’re outside the house.
If you suspect someone is overcome with carbon monoxide, leave the area and call 911.
To report a CO or natural gas leak, call M.U.D. at 402.554.7777 (24 hours a day-7 days a week; there is no charge to check a gas leak).