Here Are Some Common Explanations for Furnace Sounds in Southern California
You can expect your furnace to make a little bit of noise when it’s operating. In fact when your home starts to get a little chilly during the short winter in the Coachella Valley, you might actually welcome the sound of your furnace kicking on. However, if your furnace is making strange and/or excessively loud noises, it is likely an indication that something is wrong with your heating system, even if it’s hardly been used.
Furnace is running making return grill noisy.
If your return grill is noisy when your furnace is on it might be due to the fact that the air is travelling too fast through the grill and the fan speed needs to be adjusted. Also, if the return grill has a filter, the filter could be dirty and be the cause of the noise issue.
Furnace makes a loud boom when starting up.
If your furnace makes a loud boom when it starts up (sounding similar to a small explosion) there is likely a buildup of gas in the area around your burners when they ignite. This can happen when your burners are dirty, or when there are other ignition problems with your system. Regardless of the cause, this sound is a warning sign of dangerous consequences to come, and should be taken care of promptly.
Squealing occurs when there is too much friction between your system’s moving parts. The source of this issue is typically your furnace’s blower motor, which will give off a squealing or grinding sound when its parts are rubbing together. Common causes include non-lubricated bearings, worn out bearings and a slipped or worn out belt.
Furnace is making a banging or clanking sound.
Clanking and banging sounds are created when one or more of your furnace’s parts have loosened or moved and begun banging against the rest of your system. This is another issue that can often be linked to the blower because its parts can more easily become loose or dismounted over time.
Contact Hyde’s as soon as you hear strange furnace noises!
Any time that your furnace begins to make strange or loud noises, you should contact Hyde’s right away. As state above, most furnace noises can indicate problems that create a safety hazard in your home. In addition, most problems with your furnace that create noises will get worse with time and can damage multiple parts of your system.
If you have any questions about your furnace making noise, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley furnace installation and repair contractor.