The spooky season is near—which means the ghosts and goblins are out terrorizing the streets with their ghoulish sounds. Unfortunately, sometimes those ghosts and their haunting sounds hit close to home—like when they possess our HVAC systems. You know what we mean—those strange noises that arise from your system when you finally turn the heat on for the season. Well, fear not! Our knowledgeable techs are treating you to some expert advice, so you don’t get tricked about what those noises mean!
Here are five reasons your furnace or heating system might be haunting you and what those sounds mean.
Rattle, rattle, rattle
Uh, oh. Does it sound like Jacob Marley’s ghost is rattling his chains inside your pipes? If so, you may want to check your water pressure. Rattling pipes is a sign that your water pressure may be set too high. How can you check? You can check water pressure levels using a thread pressure gauge. Give us a call, and we’ll check it out for you.
Does it ever sound like the wicked witch is screeching at you from inside your HVAC system? A screeching noise can be indicative of a problem with your blower motor. Sometimes when the blower motor belt wears thin, it will sound like nails on a chalkboard or a witch screeching! If you have concerns, give our pros a call to replace those belts and give your ears a break.
Sometimes the gentle whooshing sound of a ghost can haunt our homes. When you hear a whooshing or whistling noise in your walls, it might be that your air filters are clogged, or your air ducts are dirty. If you haven’t changed those filters in the last three months, replace them with a fresh set. If that doesn’t solve the problem, call the Elite Air team for a check of those air ducts. It’s the first step toward preventing the need for emergency heating service this season.
Eww…what’s that rotten smell?
Does it smell like a corpse in your crawl space or basement? Yikes, let’s hope not! But if you smell something rotten, you might have mold, mildew, or even a dead animal in your ductwork. Do a thorough check of your vents or change your air filters to see if the smell disappears. If you need professional HVAC assistance with your ducts, give us a call.
Bang, bang, bang
Is there a banging sound in your home that’s giving you a fright? Don’t worry, there aren’t ghosts in your walls, but you could have sediment in your water heater! Excessive sediment buildup inside your water can often cause banging sounds. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this. A professional water flush is the solution to putting those ghoulish noises to bed.
Avoid a Scary Home This Fall
Did you enjoy our treats for keeping your home scare-free? We hope so! And if you’re looking for more cozy ways to keep ghosts at bay this Halloween, don’t forget to schedule your regular heater tune-up as soon as possible. Regular maintenance is the first step towards extending the lifespan of your system and keeping it working at top efficiency all year round.