How to Tell If My Heat Exchanger is Cracked

How to Tell If My Heat Exchanger is Cracked

How to Tell if My Heat Exchanger Is Cracked

Heat exchangers are common and necessary components in heating and cooling systems. Like any mechanical device or appliance that is used frequently, heat changers wear out. 

If you need a heat exchanger repair, Brackett Heating & Air has you covered. Our reputation in the Evansville, Indiana area proves we can handle any heating repair or replacement needs you may have.

A cracked heat exchanger can be a serious problem for homeowners. It may lead to a loss of efficiency and even a complete failure of the entire system. 

Signs of a Crack:

Decreased efficiency: If your heat exchanger is cracked, it may not be able to transfer heat as effectively as it should. This can result in a decrease in the efficiency of your heating or cooling system, which may be seen in higher energy bills or your system taking longer amounts of time to reach a desired temperature.

Strange noises: A cracked heat exchanger may produce strange noises, such as banging, popping, clunking or hissing sounds. These noises may be more noticeable when the system is in use.

Leaks: A cracked heat exchanger may produce the appearance of leaks, due to water or even refrigerant leaking from the system. It’s possible, too, that steam or hot air is escaping from the heat exchanger itself.

Reduced air flow: A cracked heat exchanger may obstruct the flow of air through the system, resulting in reduced airflow or cold spots in areas of your home.

Carbon monoxide (CO): If it is cracked, it may allow carbon monoxide to escape into your home. This is a serious safety hazard. CO is a toxic gas causing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness and nausea. If you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, pay attention to any alerts they may give off. NOTE: It’s not only gas furnaces that can produce carbon monoxide, oil furnaces may do the same.

If you suspect you have a cracked heat exchanger, have it checked and repaired by trained professionals like those employed by Brackett Heating & Air. 

Call Brackett Heating & Air today for your comprehensive inspection.