View Full Version : Got a working CO detector?

01-17-2013, 12:48 AM
Mike called me at work today. He had a repair tech at the house - the CO detector went off and wouldn't shut up until he turned the furnace off, opened all the doors and windows, and ran the fan. Cracked heat exchanger, not unusual for a 14-year-old furnace. He wanted to know if we should go for a repair or a replacement. I figured, end of lifespan for a furnace, they've gotten more efficient, if one thing is broken on it, what else is - replace it, even if it's 2 1/2 times the repair. We even got a new CO detector as part of the package.

So, if you don't have one, or it's older than 5 years, get one. They work. (at top volume)

01-17-2013, 10:45 AM
Good tip QO!

01-20-2013, 05:00 PM
Tragically, 2 days later someone died of CO poisoning. The apartment building had been cited for poorly done furnace installations (they used a company, don't know why they didn't dump them after the first time problems were found). The apartment had a detector, but the battery was dead and no one got around to replacing it.