We’ll Unmask Common Reasons for the Clamor
From low, mournful moans to blood-curdling screams, the sounds of Halloween can raise the hairs on the back of our necks and make our skin crawl. Of course, that’s an eerily good thing when you’re visiting a haunted house or other spooky attraction. But it’s frighteningly unsettling when the spooky noises are coming from inside of your own home.
To help calm your fears, we’re sharing 6 noises your heating system might make and 4 sounds your water heater might make when they need some attention. You’ve come to the right site because the team at Matheson specializes in outstanding furnace repairs and water heater repairs.
- Banging. If your furnace makes loud banging noises when it kicks on, the problem could be the ignition system. When your thermostat signals your furnace to begin a cycle, the gas valve opens and the pilot light should ignite the gas right away. But if there is a problem with the ignition system, a small amount of gas can build up in the combustion chamber, which can cause a banging noise. This problem should be checked out by a professional.
- Whistling. This problem occurs when something is interfering with airflow. Possible causes include a dirty air filter, blocked return, closed vent or damper, objects in the ductwork or problems with the blower or burner. Whistling can also occur if your furnace is too big for your ductwork or your home.
- Clunking. A misaligned blower fan or a cracked fan belt can cause a clunking sound.
- Rumbling. A rumbling sound at the end of your furnace’s cycle could be a problem with the burner. If oil or gas remains in the combustion chamber, the fuel will continue to burn, which causes the rumbling noise. This problem should be addressed immediately because it can cause high levels of carbon monoxide in your home. Turn off your furnace and call a professional right away.
- Humming. A gentle humming sound is not uncommon. However, loud humming could be cause for concern. The most likely causes are the motor or a worn-out fan.
- Screeching or Scraping. Metal against metal can make a screeching or scraping sound. If you hear one of these noises, the blades of your blower fan could be dragging across the furnace casing or some other metal part may have come loose.
- Hissing. This could mean the temperature in the hot water tank is too high. The pressure that’s created can push open the temperature and pressure relief valve, which causes the hissing noise.
- Popping. A large amount of sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank could cause popping noises, which are caused by water boiling underneath the sediment.
- Crackling. Condensation around the water heater’s burner can cause a crackling sound.
- Sizzling. Water that is leaking and falling onto the burner can make a sizzling noise.
When your heating system or water heater starts making hauntingly creepy noises, don’t let it paralyze you with fear. Call Matheson! Our trained and experienced technicians will thoroughly investigate, find the problem and fix it fast. We’re also the team to call when you need heating and plumbing repairs.
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