Free carbon monoxide testing
Replace or repair? Does your heating and cooling equipment need to be replaced? Or can it be repaired?
Hello Homeowner or Business owner,
What do you do if an air-conditioning contractor tells you that you need a new piece of heating and cooling equipment? Ask for proof? Agree immediately? Prepare to borrow money? Freak out! Become depressed! Or do you take control!
What I mean by take control is for you to give thought to a second opinion, most HVAC – Heating and Cooling contractors will give you a free second opinion or at least a free estimate to replace and or repair the equipment. So do your homework, gather as much information as you can before making a final decision. And whatever you do, do not make a decision based on the fact you do not have heating and cooling immediately, unless you need heating and cooling immediately!
Immediately means, you have health care issues for elderly individuals or young children that have no place to go, potential frozen sprinkler systems and or water pipes present that will do great damage, or you run a business with employees or customers that depend on the heating and cooling to be in place – or you lose money! But, you ultimately define immediate need. (A.I.R. supplies temporary cooling and heating in these severe needs, if possible, at no cost to you.)
A hotel room that cost $80 to $120 a night can save you thousands if you take a deep breath and do some research. Get 2 to 3 estimates before you make a final decision. Look at financing options as well, most HVAC contractors will have financing available, but it might not be the financing you can afford. Shop around, terms and interest rates, early payoff penalties and overall cost should be looked at in depth, just don’t take the first financing offer you are presented with.
As for repairs, call around, ask the contractors or their sales people if they give free second opinions. If you already have the problem diagnosed, then do some price checking. You might be surprised at the varied cost with some the heating and cooling contractors in your area. Repairing your heating and cooling equipment might be the right thing to do, however, it might be throwing money away on a piece of equipment that is worn out and used up. $300 today, $500 in the fall, $600 next summer, the investment in repairs may be a bad one. But, you must make the final decision, do not allow your contractor to make the decision.
So if you need AIR, Call 406-618-2AIR for a free estimate or second opinion on replacing or repairing your heating and cooling equipment. Let us save you some money and protect your comfort!
Natural Gas and Propane Furnaces in Oklahoma have a heat exchanger. “A furnace heat exchanger is a set of tubes or coils that are looped repeatedly through the air flow inside your furnace for the purpose of heating the air. The furnace heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that actually heats the air!”
If you have a HVAC technician and or a HVAC Contractor tell you “You have a bad heat exchanger” have them provide proof or least try to provide proof before you spend the money for a new furnace. The attached picture is of a heat exchanger that has developed a hole. A hole in the heat exchanger allows fuel combusted air to enter the heated air and this is not good. Why? Because it could contain carbon monoxide. The typical sources of CO or Carbon Monoxide in homes are malfunctioning gas furnaces, gas stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, and even improperly vented fireplaces. Making matters worse, many of today’s energy-efficient homes minimize outside air exchange and cross-ventilation, giving CO no chance to exit once it enters the home.
So please have your furnace inspected or checked once a year by a licensed HVAC professional to keep your home or business safe.
For a Free 2nd Opinion on the condition of your furnace heat exchanger or to schedule a 26-point gas/propane furnace inspection/check-up call 405-618-2247 today. (Especially if your gas or propane furnace is over 10 years old.)
Knowing your family is safe is comforting! The Knowing is what A.I.R. provides!
Natural Gas or Propane Furnace Carbon Monoxide Poison! How dangerous is it?
Read the following from Oklahoma Natural Gas Co.
About Carbon Monoxide
Natural gas is safe, clean and reliable. When appliances are installed properly and operating efficiently, natural gas burns cleanly, with little residue. However, if your natural gas appliance produces a yellow flame instead of a blue flame, it is not operating efficiently or is not vented properly. Carbon monoxide can be produced under these conditions.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is poisonous. CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can make you sick or, under some circumstances, cause death. Carbon monoxide occurs when fuel does not burn completely. To avoid CO hazards, make sure your appliances are properly installed, cleaned, maintained and vented.
The sources of carbon monoxide can include improperly vented cooking and water heating appliances, auto exhaust, blocked chimney flues and malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances.
Indications that carbon monoxide may be present in your home or building include the following:
- Black soot on or near registers, flues, furnace filters, burners or appliance access openings;
- Condensation on windows or interior walls (condensation on widows can also be caused by humidifiers or vaporizers);
- A yellow flame (instead of a blue flame) on appliance burners;
- Recent death of a pet, unexplained illness or dead or dying houseplants;
- Absence of draft in your chimney.
Look for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Always be alert to the possibility of exposure to carbon monoxide. Learn to recognize the following symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Initially, carbon monoxide poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms, including headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, increased perspiration, nausea, weakness and vomiting.
- As carbon monoxide levels increase, symptoms may become more severe and include shortness of breath, extreme muscular weakness, intermittent convulsions, mental confusion and unconsciousness.
- Severe poisoning can cause such symptoms as change in skin color to pink, lips and mucous membranes change in color to cherry red, and heart and lung failure.
What to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Immediately leave the building. Call 911 from a neighbor’s phone or call your local fire or police department. Or call Oklahoma Natural Gas at 1-800-458-4251.
- Do not re-enter the building until it has been determined safe by emergency response personnel.
- Immediately seek medical assistance for any symptoms, even those you think are minor.
- Make certain your appliances are operating properly, no matter what type of fuel you use.
- Check and maintain proper ventilation of the flue and chimney.
- Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor inspect your gas furnace annually.
- If you see a yellow furnace flame instead of a blue one, it’s a warning sign that your appliance is not operating properly. Call a qualified heating and cooling contractor to inspect your furnace immediately.
- Clean or replace heating system air filters regularly.
- Do not block air intake areas near or around appliances.
- Do not use a natural gas range or space heater to heat your home.
- Do not start your car, lawn mower, snow blower or any combustion engine in a closed garage.
- Do not operate your grill inside an enclosed area.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors can alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide. If you install a detector, follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding installation.
DO NOT place a detector in any of the following locations:
- Places where the temperature may drop below 40 degrees F
- Near paint or paint thinner fumes
- In the kitchen or within five feet of open flames from appliances
- Near vents, flues or chimneys
Know the sound your detector makes when it goes off. Be able to tell the difference between your carbon monoxide detector and your smoke detector.
Call (405)618-2AIR (2247) or (405)421-5191 today to schedule a Gas or Propane 26-point Furnace today. Free Carbon Monoxide test are performed on all inspections. Or go to https://airokc.com today to schedule an appointment online.