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Dec 13, 2018
posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.
3 Safety Tips when Dealing with a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home
General HVAC service questions aren’t always about the basics.
General HVAC service questions are commonplace for most HVAC dealers. One that comes in less often, fortunately, has to do with carbon monoxide leaks. If your carbon monoxide detectors go off, here are three safety tips you need to know:
Tip #1: Leave the House Immediately
Carbon monoxide is the gas that is leftover after the incomplete combustion of carbon. In simpler terms, it’s what your furnace produces when it burns fuel to generate heat that warms your home. It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It’s also deadly. It replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells and reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to your body in your bloodstream. Because you can’t tell when it’s present, it’s critical to make sure everyone, including pets, gets out of the house if your CO detector goes off.
Tip #2: Call 911
Once you are outside, call 911 or the fire department. They can assist you when carbon monoxide is present in your home. They have the protective gear to be able to go into your house without risking their health with exposure to the gas.
Tip #3: Call in an HVAC Professional
If you have an issue with your HVAC system that’s causing carbon monoxide to leak into your home, you need to schedule repair as soon as possible. You cannot run your HVAC system until a certified technician has done what is necessary to service and repair the system.
Don’t take any chances when it comes to carbon monoxide leaks. Contact your local McCall’s dealer for any of your general HVAC service questions, including those about the safety and maintenance of your heating and cooling system.