Does carbon monoxide come from an air conditioner?

I recently purchased a home and I want to make sure it’s as safe as possible. I know carbon monoxide is a concern for homeowners. I know it can come from gas stoves and other appliances, but does an air conditioner produce it? Can carbon monoxide come from an air conditioner?

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Answer provided by
Emily Maracle
Answered on Mar 03, 2022
Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner! That said, carbon monoxide does not come from air conditioners.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by appliances or devices that use fuel. Common sources of carbon monoxide in your home are:
  • Dryers
  • Gas stoves
  • Heating systems
  • Water heaters
  • Fireplaces
  • Wood burning stoves
Additionally, your vehicle, grills, and generators also produce carbon monoxide. Since air conditioners don’t use fuel for power, they can’t produce carbon monoxide.
To protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning, you must have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home. If levels in your home become unsafe, a detector will alert you. You should immediately evacuate your home and call your local fire department.
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