Brown's Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Furnace Repair’

Why You Don’t Want a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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If we were to guess what kind of heater you use in your home to stay comfortable during our chilly winters, it’s probably safe to guess it’s a natural gas furnace. After all, these are the most popular heaters throughout the country, and their popularity is highest in states with weather systems like ours. Natural gas is a cost-efficient fuel source–more so than electricity. Since most households also have ductwork running through, furnaces are also a bit more popular than boilers.

Today’s modern furnaces are designed with safety in mind, and will operate even more safely if you make sure you stay on top of your annual professional tune-ups.

But it’s important to remember that even the most well-cared-for gas furnace has the potential to suffer from gas leaks and combustion hazards that require quick, professional repair. The biggest repair concern is a cracked heat exchanger. Ignoring this problem can lead to a significant safety hazard in your home. Read on to learn more!

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How Can You Tell If Your Furnace Needs Repairs?

Monday, October 25th, 2021
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If there’s anything we don’t want our customers to do this fall and winter, it’s sitting around wondering if their heating system is going to allow them to stay comfortable all season long without suddenly breaking down on them.

Of course, if you keep up on your maintenance sessions, this is a lot less likely to happen! Maintenance allows your furnace system to work as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. When we maintain your system, we thoroughly clean it, inspect it for signs of wear and tear, and adjust components that need it.

This all actually helps prevent repair needs. Still, it’s a good idea to be aware of the signs that you might actually need furnace repairs, in case a repair need does crop up in between tune-ups. Read on as we uncover some of the signs of a furnace in disrepair.

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What to Know about a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, February 15th, 2021
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The first thing you should know about a cracked heat exchanger in a gas furnace is that you don’t want one!

Gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous devices—something we should clear up right away. However, if you don’t take proper care of your gas furnace, it can become dangerous. Just like any other powerful appliance or appliance that creates combustion gasses, a furnace can potentially create health hazards if it is not properly maintained on a consistent basis.

What we want to caution you about today is one of the most common causes for a gas furnace becoming unsafe. Cracked heat exchangers are more likely to occur in older furnace systems (10-15 years old), so we recommend looking into a replacement sooner than later if you have an aging system. Routine maintenance does help catch problems like this before they start! Be sure to call for maintenance if you skipped it in the fall.

In the meantime, read on to learn more about heat exchangers in gas furnaces.

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