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How to Recognize Combustion Air Problems

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Effects in buildings of inadequate combustion air:

This article describes the effects of inadequate combustion air in buildings and on building heating equipment. Simply visual clues such as soot deposits can give advance warning of potentially fatal carbon monoxide hazards, fire hazards, or equipment malfunction that means loss of heat or hot water.

Watch out: if you see chunks of soot at a gas burner such as shown in our page top photo the situation is very dangerous as there is a good chance of fatal carbon monoxide gas release in the building. Turn off the equipment and call for professional help.

This article series explains how to recognize and fix combustion air defects on heating appliances such as boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. These articles answer most questions about central hot water heating system troubleshooting, inspection, diagnosis, and repairs.

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A Guide to Combustion-Air-Related Heating Equipment Malfunctions & Their Implications

Backpressure sooting at an oil fired furnace (C) Daniel FriedmanHere we list common ways that inadequate combustion air shows up in a building as malfunctioning heating equipment, noises, soot, odors. Some of these conditions are dangerous.

Rusty top on gas boiler under blocked chimney flue and draft hood (C) Daniel Friedman Port Jervis NY

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