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Watch Out for this Dangerous Furnace Issue!

heating-repair-callsAlthough the calendar is steadily creeping toward the spring season, the weather in Orem is still as cold as ever. After a long, cold winter with super low temperatures, you might have noticed a few problems with your furnace. The strain of battling against these temperatures might have brought some system issues to the surface. Your furnace isn’t a danger to your home, however, without the right maintenance, the combustion process in your furnace system could pose a threat to you and your family’s health. When you notice something is a little off, contact our professionals. We provide quality furnace repair in Orem, UT at fair prices.

Heat Exchangers 101

We want to introduce you to an integral part of your furnace system called the “heat exchanger.” Your heat exchanger is the device responsible for transferring thermal energy from one medium to another. In laymen’s terms, your heat exchanger takes exhaust gases from the combustion process and releases them through the flue to the outside of your home. It makes sure that you’re never breathing toxic combustion gases in your heated air. Heat exchangers help to cool and heat your home and they also help your furnace work more efficiently.

What You Need to Know

The most common issue that heat exchangers face is cracking. If this happens, it will make it incredibly hard for your home to heat up to the desired temperature. This performance issue is a nuisance on its own, but it becomes an even bigger issue when you factor in your safety. If you have a cracked heat exchanger in your home, these toxic gases that your heat exchanger works to keep out of your home can start to seep out.

Not sure if the heating problem you’re experiencing is due to a cracked heat exchanger? Here are a few signs that you’re struggling with this problem:

  • Soot on your furnace
  • Visible cracking
  • Rust on your heat exchanger
  • A furnace flame that isn’t blue/ a flickering or moving furnace flame
  • Water surrounding the base of your furnace
  • Bad odors
  • Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (fatigue, disorientation, irritated sinuses, nose, or eyes, and nausea)

Your heat exchanger has a service life of about 10 to 20 years and it’s a reliable component, but it isn’t infallible. If you think you’re experiencing a problem, contact our team. You really need a professional HVAC technician to determine the real source of a problem with your HVAC system.

How to Keep Your Home Safe

If you want to keep your home safe and your family happy and healthy, the best thing to do is schedule routine maintenance services for your home’s furnace system. If you’re one of those people that forget to schedule tune-up services for their heating system in fall, we have a maintenance program for you. We’ll even make a call to you to schedule two biannual tune-up appointments so that you can keep your home comfortable year-round.

If you need furnace repair services in Orem or the surrounding area, contact our team at Skylake Heating & Air today. We have a team of responsible technicians ready to serve you.

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