Carbon monoxide leaks in your furnace can come from several sources and cause several tragic consequences. The good news is that if you take the time to learn how to stop this dangerous leak, you’ll keep your family and pets safe. That’s why we’ve put together this post with easy-to-follow instructions on how to prevent carbon monoxide leaks in your furnace.
Inspect the Venting System as Part of Your Annual Maintenance
The best place to start is with your furnace and the venting system. Carbon monoxide leaks occur at joints and connections of pipes, valves, or flues in furnaces. Therefore, you should scrutinize these areas each year before starting your furnace. Ensure that all joints are sealed against leaks and that there are no loose connections. Also, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector to help alert you if there is a leak.
Know the Warning Signs
One of the most dangerous aspects of carbon monoxide poisoning is that it often has no warning signs. However, you can watch for early symptoms of exposure. If you begin to experience nausea, dizziness, or lethargy, shut off your furnace and open all the windows and doors in your house. Your carbon monoxide detector will alert you when the CO levels have decreased to a safe level.
Inspect and Repair Leaks Yourself
If your furnace emits large amounts of carbon monoxide, it won’t be easy to know where it is coming from. Taking the time to inspect your venting system and fix any leaks will pay off. It only takes a few minutes for you to put a stop to the leak. The more difficult the job seems, the more important it is that you complete this task. Your HVAC technician can help you inspect for and repair these leaks during regular maintenance visits.
Obtain a Proper Diagnosis for Your Furnace
Suppose you’ve been noticing unusual changes in your furnace’s performance, including short cycling and lower-than-average heat output. In that case, it might be time to get a diagnostic checkup from a licensed contractor. Your gas leak may be due to a more significant problem with your furnace. If there is a gas leak, the contractor can fix it quickly and correctly. Remember that carbon monoxide leaks are hazardous, so do not diagnose the problem yourself or hire an unlicensed contractor.
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