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Furnace Noises to Be Aware Of

Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 11:00 am

Heating season is here, and that means you’re probably using your furnace more often. More use means more stress on the system, which oftentimes means more problems. You’re going to need to be vigilant for any problems your furnace might develop over the next few months. One of the best ways to catch furnace problems early is to listen for odd noises coming from the system. Read on for some of the more common furnace noises that indicate a problem with the system.

Grinding

If your furnace is making a grinding sound, you probably have an issue with your air handler motor. The air handler is the part of the system responsible for circulating air throughout the house during operation. This creates a great deal of friction, so the system is equipped with lubricated bearings to help it function more smoothly. The bearings wear down over time, which increases the friction on the motor and generates the grinding sound. If you hear this sound, call for repairs as soon as possible before the motor burns out.

Booming

If you’re using a gas-burning furnace, and it makes a deep booming sound every time you start it, your burner assembly is probably clogged. The burner assembly is the part of the system that actually combusts natural gas to generate heat. This causes carbon particles to build up on the system over time, eventually clogging it to the point that not all of the jets fire when they’re supposed to. When the delayed jets ignite, they burn through the excess gas all at once and create a loud booming sound. Having your burner assembly cleaned out should fix the problem.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating offers furnace repair services of all kinds throughout Coalinga, CA. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our heating experts.

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