First off, a point we want to make clear is that a cracked heat exchanger means more for your home, health, and safety in general than it does simply the furnace. We don’t say this to send you into panic mode, but rather to stress the importance of caring for your furnace properly.
Furnace care involves scheduling maintenance each and every year, for starters. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust all the components of your heating system, ensuring that it operates as effectively and efficiently as possible. Maintenance also helps prevent repair needs, because it gives our professionals the opportunity to find small issues before they become bigger ones.
And one “small” issue that could quite literally become a big emergency is a cracked heat exchanger. This is more common in older systems (those that are 10-15+ years old) but even if you have a newer system, it’s a good idea to understand what a heat exchanger does, and why a damaged one is bad news. Read on!