One of the ways that you can detect something going wrong with your home’s furnace or heat pump is when it starts to make an unusual noise. For example, if you hear a hissing sound like escaping high-pressure gas coming from a heat pump, it probably means that there’s a refrigerant leak in the system. You’ll need to have profesionals repair this problem as soon as possible, and it will take professionals to do it.
However, what if your heater is simply noisy? It’s not a case of one particular sound you can identify, it’s that the heating system has started to make a general racket whenever it runs. We’ll take a look at what you should do.
First: Yes, this is a problem
It’s impossible for a furnace or heat pump to operate without making some sounds. There are a number of advanced energy-saving models that can reduce noise down to almost a whisper, such as high-efficiency variable-speed furnaces. But you still must expect some whirring and humming for your heater. However, when it becomes a distracting noise, such as grinding, groaning and clanging, then you probably have a heater that’s wearing down rapidly.
Second: Single repairs may not help out
If you have an older heating system (a furnace more than 20 years old, a heat pump more than 15), an increase in noise often indicates that the heater is ready for a replacement. This collection of sounds comes from progressive stress and wear on the components, and the repairs necessary to get the heater back into decent condition will probably be prohibitively expensive. It’s wiser and more cost-consciousness to have the entire system replaced.
Third: Contact professionals for advice
Don’t make the call about repair/replace yourself! Let a skilled technician help you out. Our professionals will locate the ideal solution for you that will provide both quality heating and energy savings.
JW Heating and Air serves Walnut, CA and the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Areas. We’re an approved contractor for the HERO Program: call us to find out more!