The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
There could be a danger in your home that you can’t see, feel or taste but that can create serious health risks for your family. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various types of fuels. These include propane and natural gas, as well as wood, charcoal, oil, coal and kerosene. Equipment with internal combustion engines can also produce carbon monoxide, including generators, cars and lawn mowers.
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According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “On average, about 170 people in the United States die every year from CO produced by non-automotive consumer products. These products include malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters; engine-powered equipment such as portable generators; fireplaces; and charcoal that is burned in homes and other enclosed areas.”
Because you can’t see or smell CO, people may not realize they’re being poisoned. Initial symptoms mimic the flu and other illnesses. These include: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. At higher levels of CO poisoning, symptoms become more severe: mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness and death.
Preventing CO Poisoning
The CPSC offers several ways to prevent CO poisoning, including:
- Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. Have the heating system professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation. Also have chimneys and flues checked.
- Never service fuel-burning appliances without proper knowledge, skill and tools.
- Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool in or near an enclosed space such as a garage or house – even with open doors and windows.
- Install a CO alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL 2034 safety standard. CO alarms should be installed in the hallway near every separate sleeping area. (CO alarm isn’t a substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances that can produce CO.)
- Don’t use portable fuel-burning camping equipment inside a home, garage, tent, etc. unless use in an enclosed space is part of its design and gives instructions for this use.
- Never use gas appliances such as ranges, ovens or clothes dryers to heat your home.
- Never leave a car running in an attached garage, even with the garage door open.
- Never operate unvented fuel-burning appliances in any room where people are sleeping.
- During home renovations, ensure that appliance vents and chimneys are not blocked by tarps or debris. Make sure appliances are in proper working order when renovations are complete.
Calling For Emergency Winter Heater Repair
Every home in the winter needs a working heater to keep the family safe. When the temperature drops, the heater comes on. Every family is unique about their preferred comfort zone, but the heater is absolutely necessary. Even with blankets and even with a home fireplace, it is dangerous to allow the home to reach extremely low temperatures. Not only for the health of the people within, but also for the structure of the house and the safety of the equipment and plumbing inside. At-risk family members like young children, elderly, and the ill may enter a state of medical risk while frozen pipes are the most common result of letting the house itself get too cold.
So when your heater goes out in the winter, this constitutes as a heater repair emergency. In other words, you need heater repair ASAP, with no time to wait for an appointment later in the week. You might need same-day or overnight repairs, and this is exactly why emergency heater repair services exist.
Home Heating Emergencies
Home heating repairs might be emergency or non-emergency. A non-emergency might be a suspicious sound or weak heating in which the home can still stay a safe temperature. If you are worried about your heater, you may have time to schedule a normal repair service within the week instead of calling for emergency repairs.
Home Can’t Stay Warm Emergencies
So when does it become a heating emergency? When your home can’t maintain the heat you need. If your heater goes out when the temperatures are low (or a cold-front is on the way), you need emergency heater repairs. Likewise if your heater is running but it can’t generate enough heat to stay safe, call us and we will get to you ASAP to take care of this heating emergency.
Dangerous Heater Emergencies
The second type of emergency heater repair is for dangerous heaters. If you smell burning or if your heater is too hot every time it’s turned on, this can create a dangerous situation. If your heater is burning hot to the touch, if it won’t turn off, or if you see sparking, cut the power and call for emergency heating repairs immediately.
Types of Emergency Heater Repairs
What kinds of heating repairs are done in emergencies? When you call, you don’t have to choose. We’ll send someone out right away to check out your heater and determine the repairs you need. Here are the four most common solutions when you call for emergency heating repairs.
Sometimes, a heater completely choked to non-functioning just needs to be cleaned. Coated in dust or possibly clogged with sediment (depending on your type of heater) a professional cleaning can restore a failing heater to life. This is different from dusting the outside, we’ll open up the chamber and clear out every bit of dust or debris that could be damaging or suppressing your home heater.
Often, heaters fail because one or more parts have failed. Motors, fans, belts, and elements are all essential to electric heat. You may need new valves for your boiler or a new pilot light for gas heat. We will determine the parts you need, bring them, and install the replacement ASAP to get your heater working again.
Sometimes, the failure is electrical or even software. The home thermostat controls your heat and if it fails to signal your furnace to keep the house warm. When this happens, we’ll find the problem and either repair or replace the thermostat as needed.
Heating System Installation
Lastly, if your home heating system has given out, we will speed up the installation of a new heater. We will have the old unit out and a new one heating your home quickly so that your house is once again a safe place to live.
Calling for an Emergency Repair for Heating
If you are experiencing a home heating emergency, don’t hesitate to call. We provide emergency HVAC services for those in need of ASAP heating repairs or installation. Contact us to schedule your emergency heating repairs now.
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