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The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

The cold weather is rolling in and that means furnaces all across the county will be kicking on. With houses being tightly sealed, this can lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide inside your home. If your furnace vent is working properly, you don’t have anything to worry about. But if there is an issue with the venting or if your furnace isn’t burning properly, carbon monoxide can quickly build up to dangerous – even deadly – levels.

Carbon monoxide is created when the furnace fuel is not completely burned. That means fuel oils, natural gas, coal, wood, kerosene, gasoline, diesel fuel and charcoal can all be potential contributors to carbon monoxide. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can build up around furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, and also around gas water heaters, generators and in the garage if you are running an automobile.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, carbon monoxide is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. 1,500 people die from it every year and over 10,000 more are treated for symptoms at hospitals. Most of this is because the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning mimic those of common ailments like the flu.

Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

If you think you or your family are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, seek immediate medical attention.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The best way to protect your family from this type of poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home. If you cannot afford to put one on every level, place one in your sleeping area so it will wake you if there is a build-up while you are sleeping.

In addition to getting carbon monoxide detectors for your home, having a yearly furnace check and tune up is highly recommended. We will check your furnace for carbon monoxide off-gasing as well as for problems in your plenum and heat exchanger units. We’ll also check gas burning appliances like your water heater and dryer to make sure there are no leaks their either. If you have any questions about carbon monoxide, or need your furnace checked call My Plumber CA at (619) 447-5556 today.


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Why Cracked Heat Exchangers Are A Real Danger

As San Diego’s furnace repair pros, there’s one piece of news we never like to have to give: “You’ve got a cracked heat exchanger.”

A cracked furnace heat exchanger is a costly fix. Very often it’s more worthwhile to replace the whole furnace.

But, as tough as it is to explain to someone that they have a $5,000 problem on their hands, it’s better than the alternative — hearing that the whole family died in their sleep of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A cracked heat exchanger is no joke.

How a furnace works is a set of heat exchangers, or hollow metal tubes, are heated from within by the open flame of propane or natural gas. Then, air is “forced” or blown over these heat exchangers, which warms the air. That air then gets circulated throughout the home, through the furnace vents.

When a heat exchanger gets cracked, the carbon monoxide (the deadly gas produced by combustion) is freed from the hollow tubes and gets mixed in with the air circulating through the house. Early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, fatigue and vomiting.

That’s why it’s very important to have your furnace inspected by a professional every year. Not only are you protecting your family from these dangers, as well as the lesser risk of having the furnace conk out, you may be able to catch repairs early enough that you don’t have to replace the whole system.

For all your San Diego furnace repair and maintenance, call the pros at My Plumber, (619) 447-5556


A Question About Our Service

A gentleman from Accokeek Md. recently wrote to us and asked:

I am unhappy with the company that I currently have a heating and A/C repair contract with. I was wondering if you offered contracts that for an annual fee provided a heating inspection in the fall and an A/C inspection in the spring and provided a reduced cost for repairs. We have been with the same company for 8 years however the technicians they have been providing have been doing substandard work of late that resulted in our system failing 2 weeks after the inspection 3 times in a row, all due to missing problems. We are looking for a new and reliable company to provide all services for our systems.

Our Answer

Sir, we have the kind of program you are asking about, with some pretty incredible side benefits.Our Priority Club offers three preventive checks a year, one for each of your systems (heating, cooling and plumbing) in addition to a fantastic bundle of services and perks available only to you, as a Priority Club member.

Some of these services include:

  • Extended Same Day Service Hours – Call before 2PM Monday – Friday and before 10AM Saturday and Sunday
  • Waive the Plumbing Dispatch Fee
  • Double your Discounts, up to $200
  • Concierge Service! Each member gets a concierge phone number to call, and receive Priority service
  • Over $2,200 in Coupon Savings – available only to Priority Club members

You can look at our Priority Club online at our website. The address is here and if you have any questions our customer service agents will be happy to help you at 1-866-469-7586

Company to Give Away a Heating System

Company to Give Away a Heating System
Looking for the Right Person to Give a Home Heating System

My Plumber Heating and Cooling prides itself on a long history of giving back to the communities that it serves.As company founder R. Wendell Presgrave explains it, “We consider it our privilege to give something back to the communities that provide our living, and frankly, we love having the opportunity.”My Plumber has collected many tons of food for the hungry, performed free or deeply discounted plumbing repairs for homeless shelters and in private homes throughout Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, and sponsored sports teams, school plays and many other educational activities.The company also has a tradition of replacing, for free, the oldest, ugliest heating system that it can find each autumn.

Over the past year, My Plumber has spent some time thinking about the best ways to give back to the community, and the most effective ways to use its resources.The company decided to add a new element to its tradition of giving away a new heating system by searching for a deserving local resident to be the recipient, instead of simply replacing the oldest system it found.

To that end, My Plumber has developed an application process for those in its service area who are interested in receiving a free new heating system.The successful candidate will be someone who does work that is vital to the community, but who does not have a high income.Special consideration will be given to the candidate who also volunteers:for example, a local police officer who volunteers to teach English to immigrants, or a teacher who volunteers time with hospice patients.Finally, the candidate must have an old heating system which is in danger of failing.

Applications for My Plumber’s Heating System Giveaway are available at My Plumber headquarters (9975 Pennsylvania Avenue, Manassas, Virginia), or request an application by e-mail to susan@myplumber.com.Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by noon on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.The winner will be announced December 10, 2010 at 2:00PM EST.