Dangerous Cracked Heat Exchangers in Furnaces . Everyone wants heat when old man winter arrives in the fall. Many times we take it for granted. When the temperature falls all we have to do is go to the thermostat and turn the heat on. Usually, this is not a problem. We turn the thermostat on and the heat comes on. When we first turn the furnace on we have a slight burning odor which comes from the system. (more…)
The residential steam boiler is still alive and well despite the fact that some HVAC professionals refer to it and the steam boiler profession as the dead man’s club. However, there are not a lot of HVAC boiler technicians or HVAC companies that specialize in steam boilers because there are not a lot of the steam boilers used for residential and light commercial applications. (more…)
Flue Condensation Problems – This picture shows a furnace flue with condensation problems. Flue condensation problems are caused by hot gases cooling too quickly in the flue. As the hot gasses, cool moisture in the gases condense and start dripping back down the flue. Flue condensation problems can be solved by making sure the gases are hot enough to be vented into the atmosphere before the moisture condenses in the gases. It could be a problem that requires a slight adjustment at the burner. It is a good idea, when you observe a furnace flue condensation problem where the condensation is dripping back down the pipe, to call a professional for to analyze the combustion process and make the precise adjustments necessary to prevent this problem. Condensation dripping back down the flue causes flue to prematurely corrode and rust. Flue condensation problems, if left alone, can cause the flue to rot and vent hot gases in an area where it could be very dangerous to the occupants of the building. There is carbon monoxide present in these gases and carbon monoxide is very dangerous.
Flue Condensation Problems
Flue condensation problems have been observed on all kinds of furnaces including gas and oil furnaces. If you have this problem or see it on your furnace heating system please consult a professional. If not repaired, eventually the corrosive condensation dripping down the flue will cause a flue or ventilation failure and that is a serious hazard to your health and the health of everyone who occupies the building where this is occurring. It is many policies of HVAC companies to always recommend carbon monoxide detectors be installed in buildings that have any type of fossil fuel burners including furnaces, cooking appliances, and other things including gas logs or hot water heaters. Safety First!