Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. The gas is a toxic byproduct of combustion and can be harmful to you and your loved ones. Here are the reasons why the furnace in your Partlow, VA, home may leak carbon monoxide and its dangers.

Cracked Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger is the point in your furnace at which combustion occurs. The air from your furnace circulates around the heat exchanger, and if it has a crack, the air moves around the burner. The air then causes incomplete combustion and increases the buildup of carbon monoxide.

To prevent such an occurrence, consult an HVAC technician for inspection. If you suspect the heat exchanger has cracked, immediately contact a professional technician for repairs.

Improper Ventilation for Your Gas-Burning Furnace

Older furnaces have poor ventilation compared to the current models. The newer furnace models also have an automatic turn-off that will shut down the furnace if it’s not properly ventilated. Since older models don’t have this feature, they are more likely to experience carbon monoxide leakages.

Malfunctions in Your Gas-Burning Furnace

Improper installation of components such as the blower motor may cause malfunctions. The malfunction causes problems venting out carbon monoxide. Ensure qualified professionals are servicing and maintaining your system to prevent such issues.

How to Prevent Your Furnace from Leaking Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that, if exposed to in large quantities, can be fatal. To prevent leakages, keep your furnace well-maintained and serviced. It is also crucial to maintain proper ventilation.

How to Detect Carbon Monoxide

Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, the best way to detect it is by installing a carbon monoxide detector. Most carbon monoxide detectors detect its presence at 70 parts per million. 90 parts per million level are where you and your loved ones are in danger, which gives you a small window in which to take action.

The recommended carbon monoxide detectors are those which detect and give alerts at five per million levels. Place the carbon monoxide detectors in strategic areas such as your living room, bedroom, and hallway.

For more information about system maintenance, contact our team at Ultimate Air, Inc. A qualified team of professionals will help you improve the safety of your system.

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