It’s normal for furnaces to make a little noise and emit a few pings and dings as the equipment warms and air flows through the system. Those familiar sounds are typically caused by metal parts reacting to the changes in winter temperatures in South Carolina. Furnace noises that seem like persistent renditions of “Jingle Bells,” or some other tune, on the other hand, can indicate serious malfunctions. HVAC noises like hissing, screeching and squealing can be problematic as well. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore new or unusual sounds coming from your HVAC system.
Noise Could Signal Damage
Furnace noises can be a source of amusement when they remind you of your favorite tune. However, don’t neglect the fact that those noises signify that a timely furnace repair is in order. Loud clangs, bangs, or high-pitched shrieks usually mean that a part has come loose and is rattling around. If not promptly repaired, the broken part is sure to cause more damage. Unless you take quick action, these problems can lead to an emergency furnace replacement.
Danger in Delay
Furnace motors rarely give up the ghost without sounding a warning. If you catch the problem early, you can often avoid the cost of a replacement motor with an inexpensive furnace repair. Here’s what to listen for:
- A worn belt often emits a squealing sound before breaking.
- Lack of adequate lubrication can cause the motor to operate loudly.
- A worn motor bearing can generate a grinding, rattling or shrieking noise.
Schedule System Checkups with Farmer’s
Regular preventive maintenance is the best way to avoid the problems associated with noisy furnace operation. At Farmer’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide professional tune-ups for residences and businesses throughout the Hilton Head region. Furnace maintenance doesn’t just keep your heater running more efficiently. You benefit from necessary repairs that eliminate problems that cause furnace and HVAC noises. Regular maintenance also safeguards you against the fire hazards and health dangers that result from a faulty furnace.
Don’t let a noisy furnace spoil your peace and quiet. For more information about furnace replacements, repairs and maintenance, check out our heating solutions or call (843) 508-9779 today.