Winter weather and cold temperatures are on the way to Monticello, IL. Now is the time to make sure that your furnace in proper condition to safely heat your home. A cracked heat exchanger is a common issue with furnaces, and it’s a dangerous one that requires prompt repairs by a licensed heating repair expert. Read on to learn how to identify a problem with a furnace heat exchanger.

Abnormal Odors

Heat exchangers are made of metal. When they crack, they give off unusual odors. You may notice a metallic smell during a heating cycle. You may also notice chemical smells that are new. Any new or unusual odors should be investigated as soon as possible. The chemicals causing these odors mix with the oxygen in your home’s air, and they can be dangerous to your health.

Soot Buildup

The inside of your furnace should be clean. When a heat exchanger is working properly, there won’t be any soot buildup. Soot is made of burned carbon. The presence of burned carbon in your furnace means that the combustion process isn’t working correctly. A damaged heat exchanger is a common cause of soot buildup. A problem with the furnace burner could also lead to this issue. If you see soot buildup inside the furnace, air handler, or air filter, your furnace needs repairs.

Physical Ailments

A cracked heat exchanger may cause carbon monoxide gas to leak into your home. This is a colorless, odorless gas. According to the Department of Energy, cracked heat exchangers may cause a dangerous level of carbon monoxide. This causes symptoms including dizziness, nausea, headaches, mental confusion, vomiting, and intense fatigue. If levels get higher, you could lose consciousness. If one or more people in your home have these symptoms, a damaged heat exchanger could be the cause.

To learn more about furnace heat exchangers, take a look at Mattex Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electrical’s heating repair services, or contact our heating repair experts today.

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