Inducer assembly cracks and replacement/repair
I was just told that the inducer assembly in RUUD gas furnaces are notorious for developing cracks. Since cracks have started in my unit (not reported during service 2 months ago), I was told the replacement needs to be done now in order to avoid "big problems" and more costly repairs later. The inducer appears to be a blower to insure proper exhaust and integrated with the rest of the system for safety. How can this cause "big problems" beyond the furnace not coming on? How worried should I be?
The replacement looks straight forward, turn off power, disconnect electrical wires and flexible tubing, remove 4 screws. Reverse for new inducer. There appears to be a gasket between the inducer and the furnace wall. Is there anything special to do with the gasket when installing a new inducer?
Thanks for all your advise.