With winter now not very far away and Coleman’s
announcement last year that some of their furnaces
should be inspected for a possible failed heat exchanger may have you wondering
if your furnace is safe. Of course if
you have one of the model’s that Coleman lists in their inspection notice, they
will do the inspection for you. If your
furnace doesn’t fall into that category, here’s how you can inspect the heat
exchanger on your own furnace.
Why inspect your heat exchanger?
One of the main
causes of carbon monoxide in your home is a bad heat exchanger in your
furnace. With holes in your heat
exchanger, instead of the carbon monoxide going up the chimney, it's coming in
is an odorless gas. If exposed to it
over time, it can get into your body causing sickness and even death. Once you've been diagnosed with carbon
monoxide poisoning, it can literally take months to rid it from your body and
you'll feel sick the whole time. The
best way to protect yourself from carbon monoxide is
to install a carbon monoxide alarm.
Inspecting your heat exchanger.
There's two ways
of inspecting your heat exchanger for holes or cracks. One way is to remove the burner. This will give you direct access to inside the
heat exchanger. Then with a trouble-light
and mirror, inspect the walls for cracks or burn-through. Inspecting immediately after the furnace has
run will give you the most visible results, but be careful as things will be
The second way to check for a possible bad heat exchanger is to simply watch
the flame from your burner. First turn
up the thermostat so the furnace engages.
Looking through the glass viewing hole on your
furnace, watch the burners light.
Continue to closely watch the burners until the blower kicks on. If the flame of the burners start dancing or
laying down immediately when the blower kicks on, that's a sign that you may
have a bad heat exchanger as the blower is pushing air into it. Air from the blower should only flow over the
heat exchanger -- picking up the heat and cycling it into the home (hence the
term heat exchanger).
If you believe you have a problem with your heat exchanger, your furnace should
be shut down (red tagged) and a service technician called immediately. Replacing a heat exchanger is not a minor
repair. If your furnace is quite old,
replacing the furnace may be a more viable option. Also note that doing any of these procedures
without being certified and licensed with experience "can/probably
will" void your unit warranty AND your home insurance policy should a fire/explosion
or similar mishap occur and be proven to be the fault of said repair/procedure
or be linked to furnace in any way.
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