If your HVAC system is talking to you, it is critical that you listen.
Being a St. Louis homeowner can be awesome, but it comes with its own set of troubles. When your monthly budget is already extended, the last thing anyone wants to think about are the little noises that go bump in the night coming from their HVAC system. However, those sounds may be exactly what you should not ignore.
If your HVAC system is talking to you, it is critical that you listen. Otherwise, you can have a major problem on your hands – a quick fix that turns to a major expense. If you hear any of these symptoms of an HVAC problem, do not ignore them.
If you hear your HVAC system buzzing, it could be a sign that there is a loose component of either your furnace or your air conditioner. Buzzing is generally a noise that comes from a fan that is out of balance or some other component creating friction within the system. A buzz isn’t just irritating; it could be a sign that something is wrong.
If you hear clanking, it is time to call a St. Louis HVAC technician. Clanking typically means that there are loose parts of the compressor, or a failure of some component that is supposed to be sealed but has broken loose. Clanking isn’t just unnerving; it also indicates that something needs to be fixed.
Although it may be one of the easiest noises to ignore, if you hear a slight humming in your HVAC system, it typically means that there is a loose wire. Depending on how loud the hum is, although it could be easy to ignore, it is never financially smart to dismiss it.
One of the worst noises – squealing is not only hard to shut out volume-wise, but it can be highly expensive too. Squealing typically means that a belt or the motor bearings have come loose. If you replace the belt, it is usually a quick and inexpensive fix. If you don’t, it can create some major damage to your HVAC system.
If your HVAC system is screeching, it often means that the blowing motor is compromised. It might be something as simple as the need for oil or that the unit is set to malfunction. Either way, there is no way to ignore a screeching sound, and it’s not wise to if you don’t want to have to replace your HVAC unit.
Rattling and Banging
If your unit is intermittently rattling and banging, it is easy to let it go and forget about it. But those banging and rattling sounds aren’t just a coincidence; they are adding up to some bigger trouble brewing. Usually, it means that something is broken; this can be minor or major, but if you don’t address it, then it will often turn major.
Homeowners may tend to rationalize the things that they hear because they fear it will mean an expensive repair. However, most of the noises you hear are highly variable, and if you handle them quickly they won’t cost you big-time. If you ignore the noise, it may end up being a recipe for disaster.
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