Boilers and furnaces can make a whole slew of sounds and noises. From the normal hum of operation to strange bumps, thuds, clangs, and booms. Much of the time, these are just particular sounds related to the operation of your home’s heating system. Other times, however, the sounds may be, somehow, different from the noises to which you’ve grown accustomed.
If you’ve been hearing new, or troublesome, sounds coming from your home’s electric or gas furnace or boiler, you should contact a professional technician immediately. These new and unfamiliar sounds could indicate a problem, and the sooner you have it inspected, the better. The sound may signify something easily remedied if looked at right away, saving you from the cost of having to replace your furnace, and, quite possibly, saving you and your family from harm.
Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions has the staff and know-how to take care of any problem you may have with your heating system. For over 33 years, Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions has been the go-to source in the Baltimore area for all your heating and cooling needs. Your hometown professionals have a fleet of trucks, fully equipped, to come to your aid day or night, 24/7.
Different noises can indicate certain problems with your heating system. One of the more common sounds Baltimore homeowners call about is a clicking in the system. Clicking in your furnace can come from a few different causes.
Here are some of the more common sources of clicking in your home’s heating system:
Inducer– In many older oil-powered heating systems, a motor-powered fan is used to expel smoke and byproducts of the oil from the system. If the fan becomes loose, it can make a clicking sound. Likewise, any soot or gunk which builds up can interfere with the process, causing a clicking noise. Due to the purpose of the fan, it’s best to call a professional.
Worn Bearings –a worn bearing in the motor will cause a clicking sound. If left untended, the motor will burn itself out, causing expensive repairs to your home’s heating system. Have your motor inspected and the bearings replaced, by a professional technician. It’s far less expensive to replace the bearings than purchasing and installing a whole new motor.
Gas Valve – If the clicking sound you hear is intermittent, and has no discernible pattern to it, then it is likely there is a problem with your gas valve. That means you’ll need to call your gas provider, as the source is usually remedied by replacing your home’s meter. Only your gas company can do this by law.
Pilot Light – Certain models of gas furnaces will click when the pilot light isn’t operating as it should. Over time and use, pilot assemblies can become worn, bent, or loose, so that your pilot simply doesn’t light. The clicking sound you hear can indicate a faulty pilot, gas issues, or something amiss with your wiring. In any event, if you have a gas furnace, don’t mess around. Call a professional as soon as you hear clicking.
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Ultimately, any unusual sound coming from your furnace is reason enough to have your heating system inspected. If you’re concerned about clicking, or any other noises, contact your neighborhood Air, Plumbing & Heating Solutions and schedule a time for an inspection. Your family’s comfort and safety are your primary concern.
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