As a furnace gets older, it may make some unusual sounds. If you are worried about furnace noise, you should seriously consider calling in a professional HVAC contractor to take a look at your system and make any needed repairs. Ignoring furnace noises can result in more expensive repairs or even the need to replace the unit.

Here are three common sounds you might be hearing that have you worried about furnace noise:

  • Squealing: One possible cause of this noise is a blower belt that is loose or fraying. Fortunately, a technician can tighten the belt or replace it before it snaps. Another possible reason for squealing is if the shaft bearings are in need of oil. Lubrication ports at the end of each shaft bearing can be oiled by a technician.
  • Rumbling: When the burners are on, rumbling can be caused by dirty burners. Burners are located beneath the furnace flame, so debris falls and collects on them over time. Dirty burners can lead to worse problems later down the road, so stop being worried about furnace noise and call a professional to clean and adjust the burners. When the burners are off, the furnace noise could be caused by a poorly adjusted pilot light. A quick adjustment by an experienced technician should have your furnace up and running again in no time.
  • Scraping: This noise probably means the motor bearings will give out soon. Continuing to run the furnace could cause serious problems. Shut off your furnace immediately and contact a professional.

This is just a brief look at the furnace noises you might be hearing. It’s best to have a diagnosis of your particular situation made by a licensed heating and cooling expert. To have your noisy furnace checked out, please contact Stack Heating & Cooling today. We proudly serve northeast Ohio.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about furnace noises and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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