What causes carbon monoxide leaks on gas fireplaces and furnaces?
A few local tragedies have caused carbon monoxide poisoning to become a big news feature lately. Carbon monoxide problems can occur when a furnace or fireplace is improperly vented. Carbon monoxide can also leak through a crack in the heat exchanger of a furnace. A gas fireplace can develop a carbon monoxide leak as a result of deterioration in the gasket between the glass and the metal burn box. The problems which lead to carbon monoxide leaks in gas burning equipment can be detected early and corrected during a routine professional inspection. At Ponderosa, we recommend annual inspections for our clients, especially on furnaces. Cracks can develop at anytime during the consistent operation. Without a professional inspection, small cracks can go undetected until they begin to cause a very serious, potentially deadly, problem.