When it comes to furnace safety and gas appliances, homeowners may assume that the flammability of gas is the main hazard to guard against. Keith Powell advises that the more important safety concern with regard to gas furnaces is actually the accidental venting of carbon monoxide into the home. “There are high-temperature limiting devices on furnaces to protect against fire,” he points out, “so the primary problem is that carbon monoxide could leak into the home.” A damaged heat exchanger in a gas furnace is potentially dangerous to a home’s occupants and should not be ignored. Broken and leaking heat exchangers are responsible for about 1,500 deaths per year in the United States, and many more people are poisoned by exposure to toxic gasses that go unfiltered by defective heat exchangers. It is impossible to determine if a heat exchanger is cracked solely by visual inspection, but these signs and symptoms can give you an idea of whether you should call a professional to inspect your furnace’s heat exchanger.
Does My Furnace Need A Heat Exchange Inspection?
Most people may not be aware of the crucial function the heat exchanger play in the operation of the furnace. The primary function of the heat exchanger is to move warm air through the duct system while also venting the toxic gases outside the home. Over time the heat exchanger may become cracked or even fail. When this happens the ability of the heat exchanger to vent gases is decreased and can even result in the gases being circulated into the duct work and throughout your home.
Today, most homeowners know the value of having a carbon monoxide detector in their home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be harmful and even deadly depending on the level of exposure. A heat exchanger inspection conducted by an technician experienced in detecting crack and failures will help avoid potential hazards and dangers when operating your furnace. The major focus of the heat exchanger inspection is to determine any possible integrity issues and to be able to resolve them as quickly as possible should a replacement be deemed necessary.
A heat exchanger inspection is recommended alongside yearly maintenance of your furnace. Prior to the start of the heating season you should have a professional heating and cooling company perform a furnace tune up to ensure proper operation of your furnace and keep it operating at it’s optimum performance. These steps prove to be very helpful to homeowners in saving money, and avoiding potentially serious issues down the line.
At Keith Powell Heating and Cooling, your safety is our top concern. We know the value to you, your family, and your home. Don’t accept anything less. We are conveniently located in Oak Ridge, TN, we are repair and replacement specialists who provide services to the residential and commercial industries within Oak Ridge and the surrounding areas. See for yourself why so many choose us for all of their heating and cooling repair and replacement needs. Call us today at 865-483-9223 or 865-573-2010 for your free estimate!