Do You Really Have a Cracked Heat Exchanger?
You can’t see inside your walls. That’s obvious, right?
Aside from tearing out all the sheetrock, the only way to see what’s behind your walls is to drill a hole and snake a camera around. Even then, you can’t see every last detail of what’s back there. You only see bits and pieces.
The same is true for heat exchangers.
Back in the day, the only way to check a heat exchanger for cracks was to perform a visual inspection. It was better than nothing, but it was still only slightly better than flipping a coin.
Nowadays, checking for a cracked heat exchanger is more scientific.
A combustion analyzer gives us CO and oxygen readings.
We use it to check CO levels and determine for sure whether there’s a crack in your heat exchanger. The combustion analyzer also helps us gauge the performance of your furnace.
If the heat exchanger is cracked, the meter will show us. And if it isn’t cracked, we’ll know it. You won’t have to replace your furnace prematurely.
Combustion analyzer readings are light years ahead of visual inspections.
So don't take any chances with visual analysis – it’s not worth it. CO is dangerous and a new furnace is expensive when you don’t need one. Be sure to work with a contractor who uses a combustion analyzer to check your heat exchanger.
There’s too much at stake to settle for less.
Is it time for your fall heating season inspection? Contact us today to schedule yours!