During this intensely cold winter, furnaces are working overtime. This means gas furnaces are likely to product more carbon monoxide, and could develop a leak. Learn how to prevent carbon monoxide leaks, and what to do when they happen.
Gas furnaces produce carbon monoxide through combustion. When the furnace is operating correctly, the carbon monoxide is safely vented outside of the home. However, if a crack develops in the heat exchanger or flue pipes, it could allow the byproduct of carbon monoxide to leak into the home’s air.
To avoid this dangerous issue take these steps:
- Annual Maintenance
During annual maintenance, the technicians at Diamond Heating and Cooling will inspect the gas furnace to locate any issues that might lead to a carbon monoxide leak. They will fix any potential problems before they occur to give homeowners peace of mind.
- Change the Filter
If the airflow starts to backup due to a clogged filter, it could cause carbon monoxide to leak into the home. The furnace will be running a lot this winter, so filters might need to be changed more often. Be sure to check it once a month.
- Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
This won’t prevent a leak from happening, but it can save lives. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, which makes it hard to detect. Carbon monoxide can build up in a home without people knowing, causing illness and in extreme cases, death. These detectors will let homeowners know if there is a dangerous amount of carbon monoxide in the home.
Make sure to schedule an annual furnace inspection with Diamond Heating and Cooling each year to check for leaks in the gas furnace. Also talk to them about the Silver Club Membership, which could save homeowners a lot of money on maintenance, service, and more.