Furnace Fumes?

by Rhonda

I have 3 birds (Senegal, parakeet, and Red Lored Amazon) and plan to get a new gas furnace for my home soon. When the furnace is new, can it emit any harmful fumes that could make my birds sick?

I wondered if it could have any parts that have chemical coating that would "burn off" in the first few days, or if it could have any Teflon parts?

Anybody else get a new furnace lately and either have things go well or run into any problems with their birds?

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Nov 17, 2008
New Furnace
by: Rhonda

Thanks for your comments. I asked one installer, and he says they don't/can't run the furnace first in their shop to burn off anything. They said the heat exchanger in the furnace is coated in oil now by many companies to protect it from rust during transportation and storage. A new furnace has to run through a few cycles before all this oil burns off. He has people open their windows and air out the house during this burnoff.

I asked one other company if they'd burn off the oil in their shop before installing the furnace in my home and they also said no. I'm hoping to find one who will. Or I could wait for warmer weather, when I can either take the birds somewhere or take them outside with me, or at least close the furnace vent to one room and open its windows so they don't get any fumes.

Nov 11, 2008
New furnace
by: Anonymous

Check with with your installer, see if he can set the system up in his shop to burn it in for you, my local dealer is willing, for heaters and air conditioners.

Oct 26, 2008
Furnace fumes and birds
by: Tracie

Dr. B answered this yesterday for someone else. It is suggested that you do not have the birds around the furnace for two days to let the fumes burn off.

You might consider boarding your birds for a few days to be on the safe side, unless there is a way to hook up the furnace somewhere else to "break it in" and then hook it up at your house later.

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