It is recommended that you have your furnace inspected yearly, preferably before cold weather hits. When your furnace is being inspected, the inspector will be looking for signs of problems with the furnace. One problem you can encounter with a furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. Sometimes you can see the crack with your naked eye, but most of the heat exchanger is hidden, so typically you can’t see the problem.
There are many reasons why a heat exchanger cracks. It may become rusted due to age, it can wear out due to poor maintenance or it can crack if the furnace is the wrong size for your home. Regardless of why it cracked, the heat exchanger needs to be replaced.
The crack will continue to get larger
When you do not address much needed furnace repairs in your St. Louis home, such as cracks in a furnace heat exchanger, the issue will only get worse. You may think that you can ignore it and nothing will happen, but this is not true. The crack will slowly continue to open up and grow larger, especially when you live in an area with cold winters. When the cold air in your garage hits the warm air by the furnace, the crack will contract and expand, which causes it to grow. By then it needs to be repaired quickly, or your furnace may suddenly stop working when the crack gets large enough.
The furnace uses more power when it isn’t functioning properly
If you notice a crack on your furnace heat exchanger, or we find one one during your annual furnace inspection, the heat exchanger needs to be replaced. There is no way to fix a crack, so the entire exchanger needs to be replaced. If your furnace is near the end of its lifespan, it may make more sense to replace the unit, rather than just this one part. Failing to address the issue will allow carbon monoxide to seep out of the unit, can cause the unit to eventually stop working, can put additional strain on other parts in the appliance and increase your energy bills.
If there is a problem with your furnace in St. Louis, give us a call today and let Awtrey take a look and decide on the best course of action for you!
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
A potentially lethal consequence of a faulty furnace is carbon monoxide poisoning. Odorless, colorless, and tasteless, this deadly gas can seep into your home through cracks or leaks in your heat exchanger without you knowing it. Known as a “silent killer,” this gas has been responsible for sickness and in some cases, even death.
In fact, most accidental occurrences of carbon monoxide poisoning occur from house fires and faulty home heating systems and hot water heaters. Proper servicing and maintenance of your home, as well as a regularly checked carbon monoxide detector, are essential.