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How to Best Prevent a Cracked Heat Exchanger

If you’ve ever dealt with a cracked heat exchanger, you know how troublesome that can be. They shift the heat generated by the burners to the air which is blown into your home, while venting trace gases and other toxic components out of the system via an exhaust pipe. When a heat exchanger is cracked, it can spread that exhaust into your home, creating an active hazard.  If you spot a cracked heat exchanger, you need to shut down your heat immediately and call a repair technician. That can be tough, especially in the throes of a Salt Lake City, UT cold spell, but the alternative is a threat to your home.

Ideally, however, you can take steps to prevent a cracked heat exchanger in the first place. Some of them you can do yourself, while others require the services of a professional, but all of them can get a handle on the issue before it becomes a danger.

  • A Maintenance Session. This is the easiest and least-time consuming means to definitively spot the signs of a cracked heat exchanger before it becomes an issue. A maintenance session performed once or twice a year gives the technician a chance to look over your system and look for stress in the heat exchanger, as well as numerous other tasks intended to increase efficiency and curtail possible breakdowns
  • Regular Filter Changes. Your heater comes equipped with a filter designed to strain out dirt and other contaminants in the air. When it becomes clogged the heated air from your furnace won’t flow as freely, increasing the heat in the heat exchangers. Always change or clean your filters at least once a month.
  • Open Vents. Closing your vents is a way to keep excessive heat from spilling into your home. Unfortunately, it also keeps that heat bottled up in the furnace, increasing the strain on your heat exchanger.

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