HVAC DIY Tips & Tricks
Stay warm this winter and understand the inner workings of your furnace. Dive into our expert guide on heat exchanger technology and discover how to keep your furnace running smoothly.
A furnace’s heat exchanger is a set of tubes or coils looped repeatedly through the airflow. The heat exchanger is the part of your furnace that heats the air.
The heat exchanger creates heat by burning fuel inside of it. The air passing over the heat exchanger is heated through this process.
Your furnace heat exchanger can use many fuel types, including Propane (LP) Gas, Fuel Oil, Natural Gas and Electric.
Yes, a damaged or cracked heat exchanger is a significant danger to you and your family. This can leak carbon monoxide into your home.
Your home should be fitted with carbon monoxide detectors, especially near the furnace. Regular furnace maintenance is also recommended.
Most gas furnace heat exchangers should last 10 – 20 years, with the average being 15.
Strange smells, yellow flame color, soot buildup, weird sounds and the presence of carbon monoxide may indicate a bad heat exchanger.