Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger Dangerous?

If you’ve recently had your heating system checked and been told you have a cracked exchanger, you probably immediately started asking them a lot of questions.

1. How long will it keep working?
2. The house is still staying warm, so can I continue to use it?
3. What caused my heat exchanger to crack?
4. Are there any dangers to my family?

We would all like to expect a heat exchanger to last the life of the heating system. Unfortunately, that may not always be the case. Sometimes it is overworked because of harsh climates or because the unit was designed for a smaller house. Something as simple as not changing the filters on a regular basis can contribute to its early demise. Different factors can play in a role in overworking the heat exchanger and causing cracks.

A heating system can continue to produce heat, even with a cracked heat exchanger. It may not work as efficiently or as safely, but it may very well continue to heat your home. You may think that is “great” news. But don’t be too sure.

Just like your cooking stove, your forced air heating system has a fire that combines with a power source that produces both heat and by-products in the air. The heat exchanger keeps the air released back into your home separate from the exhaust of producing that heat. Those by-products include carbon monoxide and other pollutants.

Don’t take a chance with your family’s health and safety. If you have a cracked heat exchanger, don’t ignore it. Check out our coupons and then call us to schedule an appointment.

For more than 30 years, Baggett Heating & Cooling has been helping the people of Clarksville – Montgomery County, “Come Home to Comfort.”