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The $29.00 ($175.00 value) price includes checking combustion analysis of the furnace combustion process and a tracer gas test of the furnace heat exchanger. With these two tests we can check unit safety, efficiency, and operational integrity. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is produced by the combustion process of burning a fossil fuel. The amount of CO produced is based on proper combustion and component integrity. When incomplete combustion occurs during the combustion process CO levels can reach unacceptable levels. Several factors can contribute to incomplete combustion and potential dangerous CO levels.
For the unbeatable price of $29.00 we will check your furnace to make sure it is operating safely and efficiently and the integrity of the heat exchanger is intact. During the heating season we're sure to hear more reports about deaths and near death incidents involving carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately, in most cases involving furnaces, boilers or water heaters, the cause of CO production is never reported. Low level releases of CO are very dangerous because of the ill effects of chronic long-term exposure to levels ranging from 15 to 70 ppm. At these levels, UL listed alarms won't even go off! In fact, the UL CO Alarm Standard 2034 allows for 70 ppm for 3 1/2 hours before alarming! CO is considered the #1 cause of poisoning in the U.S., yet less than 1% of exposures are likely reported.Below are excerpts from an article written by Reuben Saltzman with Structure Tech Home Inspections
In short, no. But let's back up a step. Are we talking about a carbon monoxide detector, or a carbon monoxide alarm? They're not the same thing. UL listed carbon monoxide alarms will not alert you to low levels of carbon monoxide in your home because they're designed not to. They're life safety devices, designed to prevent people from dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide detectors, on the other hand, are far more expensive than carbon monoxide alarms, are not UL listed, and typically can't be found in retail stores.
They're designed to detect the presence of low levels of carbon monoxide. In other words, a carbon monoxide detector will alert you to a carbon monoxide problem in the home far earlier than a carbon monoxide alarm would, but the vast majority of homes don't have carbon monoxide detectors.
We buy carbon monoxide alarms to help make sure nobody dies in their sleep, but they are absolutely not a substitute for having safe equipment. Carbon monoxide alarms are the last line of defense. Relying on your carbon monoxide alarm to keep you safe and ignoring a potential safety hazard like a cracked heat exchanger is like ignoring electrical fire hazards in your home because you have smoke alarms. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are not there to keep you safe; they're there to keep you alive.
"Myth #1 - A furnace with a cracked heat exchanger will definitely produce carbon monoxide and poses an immediate danger. (Wrong!)”. Yes, that's an incorrect statement.
That statement is easily made true by rewording the sentence just slightly: a cracked heat exchanger has the potential to increase carbon monoxide levels, and has the potential to pose a danger to the occupants. If a heating contractor finds a cracked heat exchanger and says the furnace needs to be replaced, they're not pulling a scam unless they're just outright lying to you about finding a crack. They're simply doing their job.Author: Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections