If your furnace’s heat exchanger cracks, do you know what to do, or what this might mean for your home? If the heat exchanger cracks in your Wichita area home, you’ll want to seek the help of an HVAC professional. But first, it’s important to learn a few facts about heat exchanger cracks.

A cracked heat exchanger leads to a red-tagged furnace

In a fuel-burning furnace, the heat exchanger plays an important role. It serves to transfer heat from the burner flames to the air, which is then circulated through your home. If an HVAC technician determines that the part is cracked, he likely will decide to “red-tag” (intentionally disable) your furnace so that it can’t be operated until it’s repaired or replaced. This is done to protect occupants of the home, who face possible carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards if the furnace operates with a crack in the heat exchanger. At the very least, combustion particles leaking into your indoor air can cause respiratory problems, especially in family members with COPD, asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Repair or replacement?

A regular maintenance visit may reveal a cracked heat exchanger, though more likely a technician will detect the problem while examining the furnace as a result of operational problems related to the faulty heat exchanger. Once the technician has evaluated your furnace, he should offer his considered advice on whether the furnace can be repaired at a reasonable cost, or whether you’d be better off upgrading to a high-efficiency model. If you have an older furnace, an upgrade will save money on monthly heating bills while providing optimum home comfort. On the other hand, if you have a newer furnace that’s under warranty, then a repair is the obvious choice.

For more expert advice about what to do if your heat exchanger cracks, or for any questions relating to home comfort, please contact us at Comfort Systems. We have been serving the HVAC needs of Wichita and its surrounding areas since 1996.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wichita, Kansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about  Heat Exchanger Cracks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.