Is Your Furnace Experiencing Failure?
With the winter approaching soon, the last thing you want is a furnace that doesn’t heat your home well enough. This is why it’s important to fix problems as soon as you notice them. If you’ve got any of these sounds coming from your furnace, it may be on the way out. Read below for signs that show when it is time for a furnace repair service.
A loud banging noise coming from your furnace is often the result of a problem with airflow in one way or another. When there’s too much positive pressure going through the ductwork, the metal the ducts are made of expands and makes that loud noise. The problem with this is that it’s usually a sign of a larger problem. You could have furnace problems because of undersized ductwork, a dirty air filter, closed air vents or dampers or dirty ductwork. Most of these problems are a result of poor heating system maintenance.
When you hear a popping sound coming from your furnace, it’s a sign that your furnace is being worked harder than normal. This can mean a lot of things, from burners that are dirty or taking too long to ignite to a range of other problems. However, if your furnace is making a popping sound, that’s a good sign that’s it’s on the way out. While furnace repair may be an option depending on the problem your furnace has, it’s probably a good idea to plan on investing in a new furnace soon if yours is making a loud popping noise.
Scraping noises are another common sound to hear from your furnace, and they’re a definite sign that your furnace is on its way out. When you hear a scraping noise coming from your furnace, the most likely case is that parts inside of your furnace have come loose and are rubbing up against each other to create the noise. Since many of these parts are metal, this can spell disaster for your furnace. If you hear a scraping noise coming from your furnace, call a professional as soon as possible to have it fixed or replaced depending on what they recommend.
Having to invest in a new furnace or spend hundreds on repairs is no fun, but it beats having to sit in a cold house all winter. Watch out for these furnace noises, and if you do hear them, make sure you call a professional to take a look at your furnace.