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September 1, 2015

The basic tenet of improving home performance is to discover, isolate and fix any problems that might be at play. Some home performance issues (poor insulation, for example) can be difficult to spot, while some happen to be much more obvious in how they make themselves known. A leaky furnace falls into the latter category, and it will be pretty clear if your home suffers from this issue and if you’re in need of furnace repair.

Even though many Rhode Island homeowners know that they can benefit from improving home performance, not everyone holds a deep understanding of exactly why these issues pop up. There are a few different ways that a furnace can leak. Condensation leakage, for example, is often the result of tubing that has been damaged and clogged. Isolating the reason behind a leak is often the first step toward fixing the problem.

Common Culprits

Damaged and clogged tubing is certainly a common reason for furnace leaks, but it’s not the sole culprit. Often, condensation isn’t actually the problem, in which case the issue may be with the secondary heat exchanger. Most customers who run into this problem find it best to replace their furnace altogether with a newer unit as opposed to repairing the issue.

Another common culprit when it comes to leaky furnaces is a faulty humidifier. A humidifier leak will be less common if you’ve been good about keeping up on your annual HVAC maintenance, but the problem could be very real for those who have fallen behind and haven’t had their systems serviced in quite a while. Scheduling an appointment in this scenario is crucial, as a humidifier leak can cause serious damage if left unaddressed.

What to Do

The first thing many homeowners who notice that their furnace is leaking do is panic. While a leaky furnace can be an alarming sight, panicking isn’t going to do you any favors. The best course of action is to contact CARJON and schedule an appointment to have your furnace looked at. From there, we’ll offer our suggestions on what we feel needs to be done in order to fix whatever issues may be occurring. Annual maintenance going forward will help to ensure that your furnace operates smoothly and without problems for many years.

A leaky furnace is not something you want to ignore. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.


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