Our clients constantly hear us reiterate the fact that no one should touch anything involving your HVAC except for a licensed HVAC company. This includes those handling your roof replacement.
Here’s a great example of why we say that.
Our client had hail damage on their roof, which lead to a roof replacement. The HVAC system utilizes a pipe that runs out of their roof.
Unfortunately, the roofing company they used didn’t pay any mind to the HVAC vent pipe when they replaced the roof. They simply stuck it back in the hole in the roof after they removed the old shingles. They didn’t get in the attic to verify the vent pipe was actually hooked back up properly.
Common sense should tell you that the pipe is there for something, even if you don’t know what for. Apparently this wasn’t a worry of theirs that day.
We went out to our clients home for regular maintenance. The system was functioning properly from what the homeowner could tell. What they didn’t know, was that this pipe had become disconnected.
At some point, they would’ve found out, even if we didn’t come out to do their maintenance. It would have been by way of their carbon monoxide detector.
The pipe is placed there specifically to remove carbon monoxide from your house. In the event that it becomes disconnected, that carbon monoxide is just leaking out into whatever space it’s occupying.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. While small amounts won’t kill you, large amounts certainly can. It causes symptoms such as headaches, drowsiness, dizziness and confusion.
If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, we urge you to get one as soon as possible. They can be found anywhere, Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot and many other retailers.
For those that do have a carbon monoxide detector, make sure those batteries are still good.
While we’re probably starting to sound like a broken record over here, we can’t stress the importance of having regular HVAC maintenance enough. This roof replacement incident is just one of the many reasons we highly advise you do this. Safety is of the utmost importance. After that, efficiency is our target. The better maintained a system is, the longer it holds its efficiency.
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