Winter is around the corner…Have YOU Checked Your Gas Appliances?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors CBURE#0406046

We are well into October 2012. For the first time in Austin in a long while we are experiencing fall temperatures! We are not complaining as we are getting a taste of the change of seasons. Winter is just around the corner and maybe closer than we think.

Natural gas is a smart energy source for staying warm and many of us utilize gas for our heat.

Before the chill sets in Texas Gas Service recommends we follow an annual checklist to make sure our natural gas appliances operate safely and efficiently throughout the winter season.

The annual checklist is as follows:

    • Have a qualified contractor annually inspect your natural gas furnace, vents, connections and chimneys for corrosion  and blockages
    • Keep the area around your natural gas furnace and water heater clean and free from Litter. Clean or replace air filters in your heating system.
    • Vent natural gas space heaters to the outside. Never sleep in a room with an unvented natural gas heater.
    • Make sure your natural gas range top is clean. Wash burners with water and mild detergent.
    • Natural gas range flames should be crisp, quiet and blue. A yellow flame indicates a need for adjustment.
    • Make sure natural gas water heater air intakes, drain pipes, controls and flue are unobstructed.
    • Keep your natural gas meter free of debris and other obstructions at all times.
    • Never use your natural gas oven or range as a space heater.


It’s always better to be on the safe side. Make it a priority to take time to follow this checklist…… Protect your family, pets and yourself!

DON’T BE TAKEN IN: Recently, some Texas Gas Service customers have received calls regarding a “utility stimulus.” Please be advised these calls are fraudulent!

Texas Gas Service discourages all customers from providing personal, confidential information to any unknown party! They are asking you to report any suspicious calls to your local police department, Federal Trade Commission or  Better Business Bureau.

Local information or events is brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard, Coldwell Banker United Realtors, you’re NW Real Estate Consultant.

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What an outstanding list. I made a copy as will get it to everyone in my office.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

October 16, 2012 04:19 AM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Excellent advice, Dorie! 

We have had a rash of those calls that promote utility stimulus programs.  One of them that partners with PG&E is often a good resource to seniors, and it is free.  However, those "other guys" who have every sharp talking idea out there, you need to be cautious of.  If there is a question about legitimacy, I suggest calling your utility, and asking if the program is truly endorsed by them!

October 16, 2012 05:38 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Michael's Commercial LLC

Dorie, good information! This is something that should be checked every year by a qualified technician. Thanks for the reminder.

October 16, 2012 06:00 AM
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Shane Barker
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Thanks for the reminder and great tips!

October 16, 2012 09:40 AM
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Rob Ernst
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Great idea to get people thinking ahead. Home owners can also call in a BPI certified energy auditor and they can test combustion appliances for dangerous conditions that even most HVAC contractors don't test for. Just did two today myself.

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Author Bio: I was once a school teacher and still like the learning process. Only now I enjoy learning what dreams my clients have and what I can do to help them. I am a firm believer in asking the right questions. It is the only way to get answers that have helped me build an impressive business over the past 21 years and leave a trail of happy clients

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