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5 Sounds You Shouldn’t Heat From Your Heater

You have some great sweaters and some pretty cool socks that keep your toes warm. But the truth is that you are using more of these items to keep you warm when you are in the house. While there is nothing wrong with layering up to reduce demand on the heater, there is a bigger problem on your hands if this clothing is the only thing keeping you warm. This means you need a heating repair in Cheney, WA.

You can come to our team for the repair services you need. All you need to do is reach out for professional help if you notice warning signs like the sounds we’ve listed below.

1. Rattling

You don’t want to hear rattling from your heater. Unless you have a kid who shoved a toy rattle into the ductwork, this sound is a sign that there is something coming loose in the system. Whether it is a bolt, screw, or something else coming loose, the sooner this noise is seen to, the better as leaving it too long will allow it to escalate.

2. Clanking

Clanking is the sound that comes after rattling is left unaddressed for too long. While rattling indicates something is coming loose, clanking tells you that something has come completely free and is bouncing around in the system. This can create some major problems if it isn’t taken care of quickly.

3. Hissing

Don’t mistake hissing for the whoosh of air you should hear from your heater. Hissing can be thought of as the sound of your money spent on energy escaping your house. Hissing can be caused by a clogged air filter or a leaking air duct. There is also a chance that your system is hissing because there is a crack in the heat exchanger allowing combustion gas to leak out—and that is both harmful to your comfort and your health.

4. Screeching

Hearing screeching from your heater can be a cringe-worthy noise. And that may be good because it’s a sound that shouldn’t be left unaddressed. Screeching can be caused by a blower motor belt that is in need of lubrication or replacement. It may also mean that your fan blades are off-kilter and scraping the interior of your system housing.

5. Booming

Do you have a gas-powered furnace? If so, you may hear banging come from your system at some point and it should not be ignored. Banging indicates your burners are clogged with debris. This allows gas to build up in the system which will “explode” and make that booming noise when it finally ignites. This is extremely hard on your heater and can reduce your system lifespan.

When you have a problem with your heater making concerning noises, or exhibiting any other warning signs of a problem, it is best to reach out to a professional to get the issue resolved.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice. Schedule your heating system repairs with ACI Northwest today.

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