Most furnaces in the Saddle River, NJ area are centralized forced-air models, which generate heat via a series of burners and transfer it to the air by way of a heat exchanger. The heated air can then be distributed through the ducts in your home with the blower. It’s a reliable system and for most homes, it does its job safely and well. When trouble arises, it can often be of a very large variety. A cracked heat exchanger, in particular, requires the immediate service of a professional.
What Does the Heat Exchanger Do?
A heat exchanger is really just a piece of shaped metal, designed to effectively transfer the heat from the burners to the air in the chamber. (Burners can’t do that job on their own.) Most importantly, it vents the exhaust gasses created by that process into the venting pipe, to be safely removed from your home.
Heat exchangers are built to last, but that constant push and pull of heating up and cooling down take its toll on the metal over the years. As time goes on, corrosion and other factors can weaken the metal, and eventually, cracks will form along the surface.
Why Is That a Problem?
When the heat exchanger cracks, it prevents the heater from working effectively and in some cases prevents it from working at all. But that’s not the biggest impact. The largest problem is that toxic gasses are now able to escape the housing and enter your home, creating a significant health crisis for you and your family. Some heaters have safety features that shut the system off the minute toxins are detected. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in a home with gas appliances, we highly recommend getting one as soon as possible.
Give the pros at Design Air Inc. a call for problems with your heat exchanger or any other furnace-related issues!