I recently dealt with a major oil furnace malfunction.
When the system quit and I called for repairs, the worker informed me that the heat exchanger had cracked.
The crack was too small for the human eye to detect. I assumed that meant it could be patched and fixed in some way. I was told that heat exchangers cannot be repaired. I then expected that the worker would simply substitute the broken heat exchanger with a new a single, the same way they way they substitute every other part. I was again informed that this wasn’t possible. Apparently a new heat exchanger costs more than a whole new oil furnace. I was forced to tear out the entire heating component and install a new model, then since my oil furnace was less than six years old, I hoped that the manufacturer’s warranty would at least cover some of the cost. However, because I’d failed to keep up with regular, annual repair from a licensed professional, the warranty no longer covered the equipment, but plus, the worker explained that the reason the heat exchanger cracked was because of dust accumulation within the system. If I’d invested in repair every fall, the heating system would have continued to operate reliably for numerous more years. I have now l acquired my lesson. I spent a small luck on a brand new, top-of-the-line, high efficiency oil furnace and as soon as it was installed, I signed up for a repair plan. For a small fee, the worker will come to the cabin every fall and handle the necessary cleaning, tuning and concernshooting to satisfy the warranty requirements.