“Carbon monoxide is a natural byproduct of the fuel-burning process. That means that the gas is produced every time your furnace is operating. If everything is working properly, the carbon monoxide that is produced by your furnace’s burners is contained within your system’s heat exchanger. After the gas leaves your heat exchanger, it is sent through your furnace’s flue vent and safely carried out of your home.
How Can Your Furnace Develop A Carbon Monoxide Leak?
There are a few things that can go wrong with your furnace that prevent it from properly venting carbon monoxide out of your home. The most common problem is a cracked heat exchanger. Your heat exchanger is made of metal that expands and contracts every time that your furnace heats up and cools back down. Over time, this can cause the walls of your heat exchanger to develop cracks, which will allow carbon monoxide to leak out and spread throughout your home.”
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The best way to protect against carbon monoxide leaks from your furnace is to schedule annual maintenance and inspections of the unit. A qualified technician will be able to identify cracks and remedy the problem before it becomes a serious threat. Air filters should be replaced on a timely basis to keep airflow and prevent clogging. If you don’t have one already, carbon monoxide detectors should be installed throughout your home.
At Apple Valley Eagan Appliance, our technicians are dedicated to following proper safety inspection guidelines. If your furnace needs maintenance or you suspect it isn’t functioning properly, call us at 952-953-0080 or visit our furnace repair page for more information.