How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Leaks in Your Furnace

Carbon monoxide leaks can occur if your furnace’s venting system does not work correctly. If everything is working properly, the carbon monoxide that is produced by your furnace's burners is sent through your furnace's flue vent and safely carried out of your home. However, if your furnace was not installed correctly or it becomes cracked or clogged, carbon monoxide can be discharged into your home.

There are several things you can do to prevent carbon monoxide leaks and keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Wash your furnace filter or purchase a new one about every three months. This is an easy DIY job that conserves saves energy and saves money.
  • Keep the area around the furnace clean and free of clutter.
  • Make sure there are no combustibles close to your vent.
  • Don't leave a car running in an attached garage.
  • Have your furnace checked once a year. An expert technician will inspect your heat exchanger for any signs of cracks and examine your entire system for leaks.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in each bedroom and area where people tend to congregate, such as the living room. This will help you detect signs of a carbon monoxide leak, and decrease the chances of serious illness or death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

A carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm if there is a high level of carbon monoxide in the air. A carbon monoxide detector is just as critical to your safety as a smoke detector. There are many different brands on the market; try to find one that is approved by a government agency. These have been tested, and are guaranteed to meet certain standards.

Remember, if your furnace becomes cracked, carbon monoxide can seep through the cracks into your home. To prevent leaks have an expert examine your furnace once a year.

To ensure your furnace has no carbon monoxide leaks, contact a heating and cooling professional at AJR Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration today.