If you live in Ogden, NC, you might have encountered a problem with your furnace. A cracked heat exchanger can lead to carbon monoxide leaks and other hazards. If you suspect a crack, you need to have service technicians inspect and repair it as soon as possible. Here are four signs that you have a cracked heat exchanger in your furnace:
A cracked heat exchanger can impede heat transfer from the combustion chamber to the air or water circulating through the system. This means that the system will have to run longer to maintain the desired temperature, resulting in increased energy consumption and higher heating bills. Additionally, the system may not achieve the desired temperature, resulting in poor heating performance.
Cracks in the heat exchanger can cause metal expansion and contraction, leading to strange noises like whistling, popping or banging. These noises are due to metal vibrating against the cracks, and you can hear those noises when the heating system operates. If you hear such sounds, have service technicians inspect your heating system right away.
A cracked heat exchanger can allow combustion gases to escape the home, increasing moisture levels. This can cause condensation on windows, walls, ceilings and biological growth. Increased moisture can also lead to musty smells and aggravate respiratory problems for those with allergies or asthma.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide is a dangerous and odorless gas produced by a heating system’s combustion process. A cracked heat exchanger can allow carbon monoxide to escape into the home, putting you and your household at risk.
Carbon monoxide alarms detect the presence of this gas and will sound an alarm if levels become too high. If your carbon monoxide alarms are going off, you need to evacuate your home immediately and call a professional to inspect your heating system.
A cracked heat exchanger can cause many problems, from reduced efficiency and strange noises to increased moisture and carbon monoxide leaks. If you notice any of these signs, call our team at Pleasant Air Inc. We have the expertise and experience to diagnose and repair a cracked heat exchanger. We’re always available to keep your home safe and comfortable.
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