You have heard all of the scary stories about carbon monoxide leaks. But how do you prevent these leaks from happening in your home? Hal Mechanical wants to help you learn a little bit more about carbon monoxide leaks so you don’t have this problem in your home.
How Do I Know if My Furnace is Leaking Carbon Monoxide?
When it comes to carbon monoxide leaks you want to leave it to a professional to fix it, you do not want to try and fix it yourself. There are two places where CO leaks can happen, your exhaust flue and your heat exchanger. Your exhaust flue is that round pipe on top of your house that is attached to your furnace. This pipe releases CO and other contaminants outside. But if rust or corrosion gets down inside the pipe, it makes it hard to release the carbon monoxide outside. When your heat exchanger starts to get older and has a lot of wear and tear on it. You need to start to get repairs because it can get cracks in it. When there is a crack in your heat exchanger instead of sending the carbon monoxide up through the exhaust flue it sends it into the home.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
The best thing you can do to make sure your home is safe from carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors. You will want at least one on every floor. If you have gas appliances make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is odorless so you may not even notice if it is in your home and you have a leak. The detector can alert you if you have a leak in your home.
Change or Clean Air Filters
When you have dirty air filters it slows down the airflow. When you slow down the airflow you can increase the likelihood of developing a carbon monoxide leak because your furnace has to work harder. Make sure you change them out about every three months, more frequently if you have pets or have done remodeling in your home.
Annual Furnace Maintenance
One of the best things you can do is schedule an annual maintenance check on your furnace. The reason carbon monoxide leaks happen in the home is because of dirty equipment around your furnace. When you schedule an annual maintenance check a professional will come in and make sure that everything is running smooth, cleaned, and running properly.
Importance of Proper Furnace Installation
If your furnace was not installed properly then you can get carbon monoxide leaks. If you have recently bought a home then call a professional to come to check out your furnace to make sure that is installed properly and running well. This way you do not run into any carbon monoxide problems.
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Carbon monoxide can be a scary thing if too much is in your home. The best and safest thing to do is call a professional and make sure everything is okay with your furnace. Give Hal Mechanical a call and they will come out and make sure your furnace is running optimally.