Dealing with a cracked heat exchanger

This past winter, I had a problem with my furnace.

What’s worse is that the problem was entirely preventable.

I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to maintaining heating and cooling systems. I have certainly neglected the servicing needs when it comes to my furnace. I have not kept up with changing the filters on my furnace and I also run it frequently. I tend to over heat the house. As a result, I ended up with a cracked heat exchanger, which stopped the furnace from running safely. Of course, I didn’t know what the problem was until the HVAC technician explained it to me. All I knew was that my furnace had stopped working abruptly. I called the HVAC company and they sent the technician. He explained to me the reasons why this issue occurred and informed me of what to do to prevent this type of issue in the future. While he could easily diagnose the cracked heat exchanger as the problem, it was by no means an affordable repair. My only option was to replace the heat exchanger. Between the cost of the heat exchanger and the cost of the labor for the installation, I ended up with a hefty bill. Ultimately, I had a lesson to learn. I took my heat for granted, and now I know that I need to take care of the HVAC unit if I want to have quality heating and cooling.
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