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Does a carbon monoxide detector detect natural gas leaks?

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Question: Does a carbon monoxide detector detect natural gas leaks?
Top Answer (82% of 68 votes): No.

Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I will document detectors on request.
Harris Business Professionals
Answer: No
Explanation: CO detectors only detect the bi-products of the gases emitted from your furnace or gas operated equipment and if you have an attached garage, the CO emitted from autos and gas powered equipment. Gas leaks can be detected early if you can identify the smell of rotten eggs due to the leak.
Michael Moffitt, Moffitt Property Inspections & Consulting
Answer: No
Explanation: Carbon monoxide dectors will only pick up carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is produced when a gas appliance burns natural gas, the by product is carbon monoxide and should be treated with top priority as it is odorless and deadly.
SDL Plumbing Inc.
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Answer: No
Explanation: CO2 is a by product of burnt fuels.
Reality Property Inspections
Answer: No
Explanation: A CO detector will not alert you of any natural gas leaks
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
Answer: No
Explanation: Carbon monoxide and natural gas are two different things. Carbon monoxide is produced when a hydrocarbon fuel is not combusted completely. Natural gas is about 96% methane with a small amount of ethane mixed in. It is a colorless and odorless gas. An odorant is added to it to give a garlic like smell to it so you can detect leakage.
Superior Inspection Services
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Answer: No
Explanation: Carbon monoxide detectors detect carbon monoxide.
Hit the Gas LLC
Answer: No
Explanation: Carbon Monoxide detectors only detect Carbon Monoxide which is produced when a hydrocarbon fuel is not com-busted completely. Natural Gas is colorless and odorless. Utility companies add an odor so you can smell a natural gas leak. Most Home Inspectors will have a tester for gas leaks in their tool kit. They are for identifying where a gas leak is.
Moran Property Inspections
Answer: No
Explanation: Different types of gas.
InFocus Inspection
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Answer: No
Explanation: Natural gas requires a different detector.
Kairos Home Inspections
Answer: No
Explanation: CO detector's detect only CO
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: No
Explanation: natural gas detectors are required to detect natural gas.
Contractors Corp.
ProMatcher
Answer: No
Explanation: No they are two separate gases
At Ease Home Inspection
Answer: No
Explanation: You will need a gas leak detector to test for a leak.
Look First Homes, LLC
Answer: No
Explanation: Carbon monoxide detectors do not detect natural gas leaks, because natural gas isn’t carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is actually a byproduct of incomplete combustion of natural gas – the most common time for that to happen is when a gas appliance doesn’t function correctly. Carbon monoxide, according to the EPA, is an odorless, tasteless, colorless deadly gas. Natural gas, on the other hand, does have an odor, so you can smell it when there’s a leak.
Certified Real Estate Inspectors
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Answer: No
Explanation: Carbon monoxide detectors detect carbon monoxide, not natural gas or liquid propane leaks.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I use : A Certain Test Method used specifically.
Peace of Mind Plumbing LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: There are 2 functions of the newer detectors. They detect gas and smoke.
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