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.
Check out the link below. Heating and Cooling your home accounts for 41% of your total energy bill. Water Heaters add and additional 12% for a total of 53% of your total energy usage.
Very interesting information for those that are interested in saving money and energy.
Semi-annual inspections of your heating and cooling system(s) can save you money on energy consumption and on repair cost for your HVAC equipment. And don’t forget to change your air filters, dirty air filters make your heating and cooling systems work harder!
It’s Time to have your Furance Check-up performed by a licensed HVAC Contractor. Click on the link above to get addtional information and to go directly to ONG’s website. Call (405)618-2AIR today have your checkup scheduled today and save money!
How to get your $30 rebate:
1. Choose an Oklahoma licensed contractor to perform a checkup on your natural gas heating system.
2. Review program eligibility and requirements with your contractor.
3. Contractor performs the checkup and completes the 26-Point Heating-System Checklist.
4. Customer and contractor complete the application.
5. Submit the completed application, checklist and invoice from your contractor within 90 days after the
date of service to: Oklahoma Natural Gas
P.O. Box 401
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0401
This program is available to any current or prospective Oklahoma Natural Gas customer or builder.
Rebates are limited and issued on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted.
The customer is responsible for the full cost of the natural gas heating-system checkup.
Only natural gas heating-system checkups performed after the program implementation date will be considered for thr rebate.
To be eligible for a rebate, the customer must have an active Oklahoma Natural Gas account.
Rebates may be available to any current or prospective Oklahoma Natural Gas customer. Only qualified
natural gas equipment purchased, installed or serviced after September 14, 2011, will be considered for a
rebate. Oklahoma Natural Gas encourages each customer to review all program eligibility requirements.
Rebate checkswill be mailed approximately six to eight weeks after approval, subject to availability of
program funds. Completed applications will be reviewed and processed by Oklahoma Natural Gas on a
first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted.
The easiest way to tell if you have a Heat Pump is to look at your thermostat and look at the options you have. If your thermostat has a switch for Auxiallary Heat or Emergency (Back-up) Heat you more than likely have a Heat Pump installed in your home or business. The next way to determine if you a Heat Pump is to set your thermostat to Heat and walk to your outiside unit. If your outside unit is running with the thermostat set to Heat you have a Heat Pump. If you switch the thermostat to Aux or Emergency Heat the outdoor unit should power off and the back-up heat will begin to work and you should feel warm air coming from your vents. These are just some basic steps to review the type of HVAC system you may have and is not infallable, but it can steer you in the right direction. To be sure always contact an HVAC Contractor /Professional. Heat Pumps are very energy efficient and have proven to be a reliable piece of HVAC Equipment. If you understand the basic functions of your Heat Pump it will reduce the energy cost of heating your home or business and it will provide you with many years of service. Call A.I.R. at 405-618-2247 if you need assistance with any of your Heating System needs or need a Free estimate for replacing or repairing your Heating System. Thank You for the Blessing of considering A.I.R. for your HVAC needs!
Cracked Heat Exchanger in a gas furnace. A.I.R is committed to properly inspecting your heating system by using Oklahoma Natural Gas’s 26-point Heating System Checkup list. The checkup insures your system is operating safely and as designed with minimal energy waste. And A.I.R. will also conduct a video inspection of your heat exchanger for cracks and leaks to prevent carbon monoxide poison in your home – Free of Charge. ONG is offering a $30 rebate to all it’s customers for having the checkup performed by a licensed HVAC contractor. A.I.R. is a licensed and listed contractor for this service and will assist all customers in the preparation of the paperwork for a prompt rebate reimbursement. Call 405-618-2247 to schedule your 26-point checkup today for safety and savings! * ONG is offering the rebate $ until the allotted rebate funds are depleted. First come first serve basis will be used to determine who receives the rebate.