A network of coiled tubes that houses combustion gases is the heat exchanger. Once it is activated, the cool air flows over the heat exchanger creating warm air. The hazardous gases inadvertently produced in the process does not come in contact with the warm air. To exit the home, those toxic gases that are produced during the heating process are expelled from a flue pipe. The basics concerning the heat exchanger is what we at Absolute P&M Services
would like to take the opportunity to share today.
What are the Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger?
It is important to note that any of the produced combustion gases leak and stay inside the home, it will be a serious health risk. A damaged heat exchanger that has splintered, cracked, and has any holes often proves to be the source when there are combustion gas leaks. Due to seemingly small doses of the toxic compounds, severe health complications and even fatalities. Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide, as well as Nitrogen Dioxide, Hydrocarbons, Sulfur, Volatile Organic Compounds, and Nitric Oxide are some of harmful substances that are released fossil fuels burn. Though the heating equipment is designed to safely remove all of the combustion and there are various circumstances that create combustion gases, there can be technical difficulties. With an efficiently functioning heat exchanger and ventilation system, none of the combustion gases should ever make it into the circulating. Leaks are common enough that people need to be aware of the possibility, especially since these combustion gases are odorless and colorless. Also known as the silent killer, one the primary examples are carbon monoxide, which is a tasteless, colorless, and odorless gas.
Causes of Combustion Gas Leaks
The following sources are common origins of combustion gas leaks:
1) Malfunction of the chimney or vent.
2) Among other pressure defects causing backdrafts, it can be due to negative pressure.
3) A compromised heat exchanger or damaged equipment.
Importance of Heating Maintenance
Regularly scheduled professional heating system maintenance services to help you avoid the heat exchanger’s associated hazards. Among other important steps, a qualified HVAC expert, the entire heating system, including the heat exchanged and air ducts, are inspected for performance and condition. Heat exchangers can develop cracks because of inefficient maintenance, time and use, and other circumstances. The severe buildup of dirt and dust on the heat exchange, blowers, filters, and coils makes it difficult for heated air to pass through the obstructions. The cracking or splintering due to these restrictions causing the heat exchanger to overheat. The pressure intensifies if the pressure control valves wear down, causing the pressure to be inadvertently adjusted, which then results in a cracked heat exchanger.
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Any cracks or compromises on the heat exchanger can be detected during the tune-ups, inspections, and other maintenance services performed by a qualified technician. Install close to the furnace and other gas appliances a functioning carbon monoxide detector. If these detectors sound off, turn off the furnace and other gas appliances, exit the home and call emergency responders. If the heat exchanger is the culprit, you will likely need to replace it, call Absolute P&M Services if it is coming from the furnace.