One of the critical safety
services we perform regularly on any gas or propane fired appliance is
something called a “Combustion Analysis”. Whenever these appliances are
running to provide heat or hot water, the exhaust gases that should travel out
the flue pipe or chimney to the atmosphere can be examined for the
concentration of many different compounds. The most important compound we
look at is carbon monoxide, the scentless gas that can be dangerous or even
deadly in high concentrations.
Through the use of a precisely calibrated
testing device called a combustion analyzer, we can measure the parts per
million (ppm) of carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides
(NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2), etc. If the concentrations of these
compounds are found to be above or below expected levels, we get a glimpse of
what’s going on INSIDE the gas burning appliance and print an actual paper
report for the homeowner and technician. This report can truly
determine the health and safety of your gas/propane burning appliance.