Today, we’re going to tackle a topic that’s more elusive than a magician’s trick: carbon monoxide (CO) leaks from your furnace. So, grab your detective hat, put on your detective glasses (or regular ones), and join us on this quest to uncover the signs of a carbon monoxide leak and when to call in the pros at Koala Cooling to save the day!

You’re lounging at home, feeling as cozy as can be, when suddenly, you start experiencing symptoms like dizziness, nausea, or excessive tiredness. What’s happening? It might be an unexpected visit from the invisible, odorless culprit known as carbon monoxide.

What Exactly Is Carbon Monoxide (CO)?

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that sneaks into your home when fuel is burned. It can enter your home through various sources, including your furnace, gas stove, or a car idling in the garage. And here’s the crucial point: it’s lethal when inhaled in large amounts.

Carbon monoxide is stealthier than a master of disguise. It silently creeps into your home, and by the time you notice something’s wrong, it might be too late. But don’t worry – you’re about to become a CO detective, ready to spot the signs of this intruder.

Signs That Your Furnace Might Be Leaking CO:

Yellow or flickering pilot light: If your furnace’s pilot light isn’t a steady blue flame, it could indicate incomplete combustion, potentially leading to CO production.

Excessive Condensation: A furnace that produces more moisture than usual can be a red flag. Excess moisture can corrode your heat exchanger, potentially causing CO leaks.

Soot Streaks: Black streaks or soot around your furnace are signs that something’s amiss. It could indicate a CO leak or inefficient combustion.

Rust or Corrosion: Rust or corrosion on or near your furnace can weaken its components, making it more susceptible to CO leaks.

Flu-Like Symptoms: Feeling flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue, that improve when you leave your home? This could be a sign of CO poisoning.

Just like Batman needs his utility belt, you need CO detectors in your home. These little heroes are your trusty sidekicks in the battle against CO. Install them on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, and test them regularly to ensure they’re in tip-top shape.

What to Do If You Suspect a CO Leak:

Get Out: If your CO detector sounds the alarm or you suspect a leak, don’t hesitate. Get out of your home immediately and head to a safe location outdoors.

Call for Help: Dial 911 or your local emergency number from outside your home. They’ll send in the experts to handle the situation.

 Don’t Re-Enter: Wait until experts have deemed your home safe before re-entering it. CO can linger, and it’s not something you want to underestimate.

Now that you’re equipped with CO-detective skills, let’s talk about preventing leaks in the first place.

Regular Maintenance: Schedule annual maintenance for your furnace with Koala Cooling. Our technicians will ensure your furnace is running smoothly and not harboring any CO-producing problems.

Proper Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in your home, especially in areas with gas appliances. Adequate airflow helps prevent CO buildup.

Carbon monoxide Detector Placement: As mentioned earlier, install CO detectors strategically throughout your home.

Replace Old Furnaces: If your furnace is old and inefficient, consider replacing it with a newer, safer model.

No DIY Repairs: Don’t attempt DIY repairs on your furnace. Leave it to the experts at Koala Cooling.

When it comes to furnace maintenance and safety, it’s always a good idea to call in the professionals. So schedule a consultation with our experts at Koala Cooling!. Let us be your HVAC heroes, ensuring your furnace operates safely and efficiently, leaving no room for the  intruder, carbon monoxide, to sneak in.