Cracked Heat Exchanger – Repair or Replace
A cracked heat exchanger is a serious problem. When an HVAC technician finds a crack the unit must be repaired. The repair options are limited to furnace replacement or heat exchanger replacement.
What is a Furnace Heat Exchanger
A heat exchanger in a furnace is used to transfer heat from the internal combustion of the furnace to the return air in your home. This is accomplished by using sheet metal tubing to separate the two air streams. Combustion furnaces use Natural gas or propane to heat the air in your home. However, the heated air from burning these gases results in Carbon Monoxide. Carbon Monoxide is deadly. The two air streams are separated to prevent this harmful gas from entering a home. As a result, the heat is transferred from the heated air to the home air by contacting the sheet metal tubing.
What is a Crack in My Heat Exchanger
When a crack develops in the tubing in the exchanger, Carbon Monoxide escapes into the return air of a home. If this occurs, it puts the residents at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. When a heating and cooling company in Chicago discovers a crack, it must be fixed immediately.
Furnace replacement and heat exchanger replacement are the only repair options available to homeowners. Fortunately, some furnace warranties cover heat exchangers. If this is the case, proof of annual maintenance and a registered warranty are necessary. Furthermore, the homeowner is responsible for the labor costs of the replacement.
The most common solution for a cracked heat exchanger is complete furnace replacement. Not only does it solve the immediate problem, it is an opportunity to upgrade. While the cost is more expensive for furnace replacement, it can help to save money in the long run. Through higher operating efficiency and rebates, homeowners can save considerably.
If you are interested in a second opinion on a Cracked heat exchanger, or you would like a Free estimate on a new furnace, contact the experts at Polar Heating and Air Conditioning today.