When homeowners hear that their heat exchanger may be damaged, there are a number of very valid questions that run through their minds. In this post, we attempt to answer those questions for you.
What causes my heat exchanger to crack?
A crack in your heat exchanger can be caused by any number of the following things:
- Stress on the system from heating your home non-stop.
- Pressure over time on weak spots in the heat exchanger including, but not limited to welds, bends, and rivets.
- Overheating due to a lack of airflow in and around the furnace. More often than not, this lack of airflow is caused by a dirty air filter.
- The use of weaker materials like aluminum and various steel alloys during the manufacturing process. Because heat exchangers undergo so much stress, they really should only be made out of stainless steel.
Can I troubleshoot a cracked heat exchanger myself?
In all honestly, the answer to this question is not really. That’s because heat exchanger coils have so much surface area. Additionally, it can be hard to get down into the little nook where heat exchangers live to see if there’s a crack anywhere.
Your best bet is to call a heating repair technician you can trust at 702.227.5622 to troubleshoot the issue for you. He or she will run the necessary tests to confirm that you are in fact dealing with a cracked heat exchanger and will walk you through the steps to repair the issue quickly and effectively.