Discover What You Need to Know About a Cracked Heat Exchanger

August 28, 2023by J & J Services

 

A heat exchanger is an essential component of many heating systems, responsible for transferring the heat generated by the furnace to the air circulated throughout the home. When a heat exchanger is damaged, it can cause significant problems that require professional repair services. In this article, we will discuss what happens when a heat exchanger is damaged, the symptoms of a cracked heat exchanger, and the dangers associated with this damage.

Definition of a Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is an integral part of most furnaces and other heating systems. It is responsible for transferring the heat generated by the furnace to the air circulated throughout the home. The heat exchanger contains a series of metal coils or tubes that are heated by burning fuel inside the furnace. As air passes over these heated coils or tubes, it absorbs some of the heat before being circulated throughout your home.

What Happens When a Heat Exchanger is Damaged

When a heat exchanger is cracked or otherwise damaged, it can allow dangerous fumes from burned fuel to escape into your home’s air supply. This includes carbon monoxide (CO), which can be deadly if inhaled in large concentrations over time. Additionally, any cracks in the heat exchanger will reduce its efficiency and may cause other components in your heating system to become damaged as well.

Symptoms of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Some signs that you may have a cracked heat exchanger include: increased energy bills due to reduced efficiency; strange noises coming from your furnace; soot or rust around your furnace; yellow or orange flames instead of blue ones; and higher than normal levels of CO in your home’s air supply. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact a professional HVAC technician right away for an inspection and repair services as soon as possible to prevent further damage and potential health risks from occurring.

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Trust J & J Heating & Air to inspect and repair cracked heat exchangers in home furnaces. Increased energy bills, strange noises, soot/rust, yellow/orange flames, higher CO levels.

Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is a device that transfers thermal energy from one medium to another. It works by transferring heat from one fluid to another without them coming into direct contact with each other. When a heat exchanger is damaged, it can cause a range of problems and even put the safety of those in the home at risk. One of the most serious dangers of a cracked heat exchanger is carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When a heat exchanger is cracked, it can release harmful carbon monoxide gas into the air. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be fatal when inhaled in high concentrations. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, confusion, and chest pain. If you suspect your furnace may have a cracked heat exchanger, it’s important to get it checked out immediately by a professional.

Health Hazards and Illnesses

In addition to carbon monoxide poisoning, there are other health hazards associated with a damaged heat exchanger. These include respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis, as well as eye and skin irritation caused by airborne particles and chemicals released by the furnace. If you or someone in your home experiences any of these symptoms after using your furnace, it’s important to get it checked out right away.

Safety Tips for Homeowners

To avoid potential dangers associated with a cracked heat exchanger, homeowners should take certain precautions when using their furnaces:

  • Make sure to change your furnace filter regularly.
  • Have your furnace inspected annually.
  • Check for signs of wear or damage on the heat exchanger.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

 

If you suspect that your furnace has a cracked heat exchanger or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to contact J & J Heating & Air right away so we can inspect your system and make any necessary repairs. We have proudly served San Joaquin County, Sacramento County, Stockton and the surrounding areas for over 18 years with honest and professional technicians who are fully certified and work on all makes and models of heating and air units. You can trust our team to address all your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

Potential Danger
Description
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Odorless, colorless gas that can be fatal when inhaled in high concentrations
Respiratory Illnesses
Asthma and bronchitis
Eye & Skin Irritation
Airborne particles and chemicals released by the furnace
Safety Tips for Homeowners
Change furnace filter regularly, have furnace inspected annually, check for signs of wear or damage on heat exchanger, install carbon monoxide detectors in home.

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