Anyone who has ever overcooked or burned something in their kitchen is likely familiar with the sound of their smoke alarm. If you've been in that situation, you probably turned the alarm off, opened the windows and safely vented the smoke out of your home. But you might be less familiar with the sound of your carbon monoxide detector - an alarm that can sometimes be the indication of something much more life-threatening. So what exactly are you supposed to do when your carbon monoxide detector starts beeping?
Your CO detector is designed to alert you when it senses dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home's air. Because CO is a colorless, odorless gas, a CO detector is often your only way of knowing that carbon monoxide has built up in your home. Carbon monoxide leaks are often the result of a faulty gas-burning appliance such as your furnace, which was the case in an O'Fallon home that we diagnosed last year.
Besides the detection of high CO levels, your CO detector might also beep when it is low on batteries or having other operational problems. Be sure to read your manufacturer's manual and familiarize yourself with the difference between the sounds.
A beeping carbon monoxide detector should be taken very seriously. If your CO detector goes off, follow these steps:
If you have any questions about what to do when your carbon monoxide detector is beeping, or if you'd like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis heating and air conditioning company. We service the St. Louis area and surrounding cities like Chesterfield, Dardenne Prairie and Manchester.