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If you heat your home with a furnace, you are probably used to hearing the sound it makes when it turns on and the one it makes as it cycles off. However, if you are hearing other noises as the furnace runs, you should contact a furnace contractor, such as Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning, to make sure that everything is in good working condition. This will not only save you money on your heating bill but could also prevent a fire or prevent your system from breaking down entirely. Here are the two common noises that indicate there is something wrong with the furnace.
A loud scraping noise occurs when metal rubs against metal. This is normally caused because a part has broken or come loose. If the noise is continuous, it is usually because the blower wheel is loose and is rubbing against the casing as it continues to spin. One loud scraping sound happens when the motor mount breaks. There will then be continual scraping if the motor continues to run as the parts rub against each other. While you might be able to tighten the blower wheel yourself, it is best to do so only if you have experience working with large appliances.
Bangs and Pops
The most common causes for loud bangs and pops when the furnace first turns on are dirty burners and contracting air ducts. Any dirt on or around the burners keeps them from lighting properly. However, the gas or oil is still being pushed to them. Once the fuel is in the air around the burners, it will ignite. This will cause a loud bang. Sometimes the flame will then light the pilot, but sometimes it does not. The furnace keeps pushing the fuel into the surrounding air, possibly causing a fire when it all ignites. If the air ducts are not the correct size for the air to flow, or if they are blocked with debris, they will contract as the furnace initially pulls the air in and then expand rapidly when the air is pushed through to go to your rooms. This causes a loud bang in the system.
Proper cleaning and maintenance of the furnace and all the air ducts will ensure that everything is working the way it should. This will save you money on the fuel bill and keep your family safe. If you hear any strange noises while your system is running, it is probably time for it to be serviced.