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Brentimus 03-19-2011 09:29 PM

Leaking Heat Exchanger in Furnace - Heat On

I have an Aquatherm furnace that is fed hot water directly from my water heater. There are no gas burning components in the furnace itself. Today, I noticed water pooling at the bottom of the furnace and decided to open it up to inspect. Upon opening the front cover, I found that the filter was soaked and water seemed to be slowly running down the back corner from the heat exchanger. I removed the filter and noticed that the water was dripping to the bottom at a rate of abour 1 drip every 5 seconds or so.

I replaced the filter and cover and called an HVAC company. If it is, in fact the heat exchanger that is leaking, is this repairable? Am I better off purchasing a new furnace? Anyone ever have this problem?

I'm currently finishing my basement and the furnace has been picking up a lot of drywall dust. Could this have contributed to a leak?


kenmac 03-19-2011 09:42 PM

If I'm understanding you correctly. You have a hydro heat system.Hot Water is fed from your W.H. to a water (coil much like in an auto) The water coil may or maynot be able to be repaired. You will have to remove the water coil & inspect to determine if it can be repaired

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