Furnaces are among the most common and reliable of all home heating systems. The natural gas furnace is seen by many as the ideal heater, while those without access to natural gas are more than happy to go with an electric model. Just because furnaces are great heating systems does not mean that they are flawless heating systems, though. In other words, you are going to need heating repair in Auburn, IN, at some point.
When you do, you don’t want to wait for your system to break down entirely. You want to be sure that you’re being proactive—catching problems early on and resolving them promptly. Easier said than done? Maybe, but there are actually a lot of warning signs to look out for. Or, as we’ll focus on in today’s post: to listen for!
What Types of Sounds Are We Talking About?
Don’t worry. You shouldn’t be alarmed every time you hear a noise coming from your furnace. Furnaces may make a little whoosing sound as they force air through the air ducts in your house, for instance. They may click a little as they cool down. You may even hear a little bang every now and then, because the metal of the casing can expand and contract a bit. That’s normal when dealing with pretty major temperature fluctuations.
Other sounds are definitely worth some attention, though. These include, but are not limited to:
- Loud, regularly booming sounds at startup. In a gas-fueled furnace system, this could indicate a delayed-ignition issue. Basically, the furnace is allowing too much gas to build up in the combustion chamber before igniting it.
- Grinding sounds. Furnaces, gas and electric models alike, are forced air heating systems. That means that they use fans in order to force heated air throughout ducts, which distribute heat throughout the entire house. If you hear a grinding sound, you may have a blower issue. Don’t let your system suffer damages by waiting to schedule service.
- Shrieking or squealing sounds. Halloween’s coming up, but don’t write off these alarming furnace sounds as festive! You may have a fan blade scraping a casing, moving parts in need of lubrication, or a belt that needs replacing. These are relatively minor issues for a professional to address, but they can do real damage if ignored long enough.
“Minor” Problems Don’t Mean DIY
Make no mistake—while a bent fan blade may not be as serious as something like a gas leak, it’s still not a DIY type of job. Any time that you are servicing your furnace, beyond the most basic maintenance like changing an air filter, you need to call a professional technician. Modern furnaces are safer than ever before, but that’s only true when they are installed and serviced properly. And that’s only possible when trained professionals do the job.
Keep Problems Minimal
How? By scheduling routine heating maintenance, that’s how. And we make it easy and affordable. Just enroll in the HomeSaver’s Club today!