Signs (And Sounds) Your Furnace Could Be Faltering

As winter continues its icy impact on Rowan County, North Carolina, the stress on heating systems is virtually nonstop. This includes furnaces, which run the risk of developing all kinds of problems under the strain. Heating equipment issues get progressively worse the longer they go unattended, so it’s a good idea to call the pros at Stout Heating and Air Conditioning for repairs as soon as you notice anything unusual.

One of the easiest ways to tell whether or not your furnace is faltering is to listen for the following strange noises coming from the system.

Grinding.  A furnace uses a part called the air handler to move air throughout the house. The air handler is essentially a large motor with a fan attached to it. The motor is put under a lot of stress during operation, so it has lubricated bearings to help ease the friction.

As bearings wear down over time, the friction on the air handler motor increases. This produces a loud grinding sound while the furnace is operating. If the bearings aren’t replaced in time, the air handler motor will overheat and burn out.

Booming. If your furnace sounds like a cannon going off every time it starts up, there’s not necessarily a major problem. Most likely your burner assembly is in need of some cleaning. Carbon particles gradually build up on the burner assembly, eventually preventing one or more of the jets from lighting on time. When the delayed jets do ignite, they burn through all the gas at once and create that booming sound you’re hearing.

When in doubt, have Stout come out. We’re here to keep you warm all winter by providing a full range of furnace repair services throughout Rowan County, North Carolina.

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