Do you have a furnace? If so, chances are you’ve been running it more lately. It’s especially important to ensure your furnace is functioning during the winter months, since the increased usage that occurs during this season can put a great strain on your system. A furnace that is not well-maintained can become a hazard, releasing combustion gases that pose a danger to you and anyone else on your property. Most of the time, the source of these problems is a damaged heat exchanger, so you should pay special attention to issues related to this component.
The Importance of Your Furnace’s Heat Exchanger
Your furnace’s heat exchanger uses a fuel source such as gas or oil to enact the chemical process of combustion, in which a given substance reacts with oxygen to generate heat. The fan located inside your furnace then flows hot air over the heat exchanger and into your ductwork. From there, it is pushed around your home to heat you and your family.
When a heat exchanger is cracked or damaged, it can start to leak carbon monoxide. Your furnace is designed to generate heat through combustion, and carbon monoxide is a byproduct of this process. While it is usually contained inside the walls of your unit’s heat exchanger, if a break occurs in this component, the carbon monoxide may not be vented successfully, and you can end up in a dangerous situation. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and can cause severe illness and even death, so if you have not had your heat exchanger checked recently, you should consider calling a technician ASAP.
Let H.L. Moe Co., Inc. Handle Your Furnace Needs
At H.L. Moe Co., Inc., our HVAC pros have everything you need to keep your furnace in tip-top shape all winter long. Our skilled heating technicians proudly offer repairs for every top furnace brand, and with seasonal maintenance options for all kinds of equipment, we have everything it takes to ensure your furnace operates safely and efficiently all winter-long. Call today for available coupons and financing, and protect your family from furnace problems today.
H.L. Moe Co., Inc. is available by phone at (818) 396-8002, or you can send us a message online.