Thanks to your furnace, your home will be warm and cozy this winter. However, with increased use of the furnace comes the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Find out how furnace carbon monoxide leaks occur and how to recognize the signs the poison gas is present in your home.
Signs of Furnace CO Leaks
CO is undetectable in the indoor air quality; it’s not something you can see, smell or taste in the air. You’re going to have to actively inspect the furnace.
Visually examine the furnace surface. Sooty and yellow to brownish stains around the appliance may indicate a leak. The pilot light may also constantly go out. The light itself may also appear yellowish instead of the normal clear blue.
Occupants in the home may experience sudden symptoms out of nowhere, such as nausea, dizziness and a dull headache. Children and seniors are especially prone to these symptoms.
Schedule an annual furnace tune-up. Fall is a good time since it’s right before winter. You should also change the air filter regularly. CO leaks mainly occur due to a backup of airflow, making it hard for your furnace to “breathe.”
If the furnace was recently installed, have an inspector take a second look. An improperly installed furnace may develop gaps where it connects to the ductwork and inadequately vent out the CO.
We recommend all residences install a carbon monoxide detector. CO is an odorless and colorless gas, making it really tricky to detect. Every six months, test the detector and switch out the batteries.
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CO can be lethal; don’t jeopardize your family’s health. Contact WestCoast Heating and Air for a professional furnace diagnostic. Furnace carbon monoxide leaks are dubbed the silent killer for a reason.
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