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Old 10-21-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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A friend of mine in Concord told me an interesting story this morning. His wife wanted to get maintenance on their 13 year old system yesterday.Service co. they have used for many years shut them down because of small leaks in the piping giving off carbon monoxide. Now this is in spite of the fact that they have (2) dectors in the house. Service guys said not to put all your faith in those detecors. (he really didn't say that but I don't want what he said deleted)

So, if you have any doubts about your system or have not had it tuned up for some time you might want to do that.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:20 AM
 
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CO detectors are pretty good at their job. More often than not they are over sensitive and go off prematurely rather than the other way around if maintained properly. To me it sounds more like the company your friend was using was trying to hose them for some extra funds. I would have opted for a second opinion before taking their word on it but that's just me.
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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CO detectors are pretty good at their job. More often than not they are over sensitive and go off prematurely rather than the other way around if maintained properly. To me it sounds more like the company your friend was using was trying to hose them for some extra funds. I would have opted for a second opinion before taking their word on it but that's just me.
I agree. Today at 3pm someone I recommended is going to his house.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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The local news (Utah) reported on 7 deaths on a boat at one of the lakes, 911 call made but no alarms heard going off - and the boat had 2 CO alarms. News reported that some are not sensitive enough, will reset themselves after a certain period but our bodies do not re-set and cumulative amount is harmful. Also humidity level can affect how they work.
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the reminder... not so much to check my heating system, but I should take that CO detector out of its box! Bought it when we moved in !!

and turned on our heat for the first time today.
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Old 10-21-2008, 02:38 PM
 
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CO detectors are pretty good at their job. More often than not they are over sensitive and go off prematurely rather than the other way around if maintained properly. To me it sounds more like the company your friend was using was trying to hose them for some extra funds. I would have opted for a second opinion before taking their word on it but that's just me.
Having worked both fire and EMS, I've seen the unpretty results of CO leaks. Carbon Monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It binds to the hemoglobin in the blood, and displaces oxygen. In small amounts it causes severe headaches, and a red face. In large amounts it can be deadly in just a short period of time.

It is NEVER ok to trust a CO monitor to protect you from even a small leak. The best (worst) analogy I could make would be a leaking pipe. Would you want it to continue leaking even if it were small, and perhaps you had a sump pump? I know, not the best anaology because it doesnt portray the potentially fatal results of the CO leak, but all I have.

The heating company should be commended for pointing out, rather than letting it go. I would encourage the OP's friend to have it fixed promptly. Seriously, is someone's life worth the couple hundred dollars a repair may cost?

http://www.carbonmonoxidekills.com/

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Old 10-21-2008, 08:02 PM
 
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I had a broken part to my heater last year and had the same problem with CO.

DO NOT screw around with this, people. Better to spend a few bucks now vs. a long time in a pine box.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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Update to my OP/ My friend called in 2 other companies and they all confirmed the unit is leaking CO in the "heating coils" (?) Getting all the work done after he reviews the estimates.

Be careful!
je
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Old 10-25-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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http://www.nationalcomfortinstitute....20Consumer.pdf
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Old 10-25-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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Update to my OP/ My friend called in 2 other companies and they all confirmed the unit is leaking CO in the "heating coils" (?) Getting all the work done after he reviews the estimates.

Be careful!
je
Heating coils?

The heat exchanger?
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