Many handy homeowners pride themselves on being able to fix anything in their homes. Of course, being independent and skillful is wonderful! But fixing a furnace is nothing like repairing cabinetry, installing a countertop, or redoing drywall. There are major risks to DIY furnace repair that you should not ignore. Here are the serious hazards you can avoid by relying on qualified professionals.
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Gas furnaces have many components, and it can be easy to get confused about terms like “flame sensor” and “pilot assembly” and be unclear about just how critical a part is to your furnace’s ability to function. For simplicity’s sake, let us state for the record that without a heat exchanger, you don’t have a furnace. While other components are also very important to the function of your heater, and all problems should be addressed promptly by qualified technicians, a cracked heat exchanger is an emergency causing not only heating failure but also serious safety hazards.
So we’d like to help you understand what a heat exchanger is, how it works, why it might crack, and what to do if it does so that you can navigate that situation with the seriousness it requires.