By staying on top of preventive maintenance for your furnace, you can help to ensure that common, problematic furnace noises don’t become an issue in your household. The fact is, once you start to notice that your equipment is making low, rumbling, or high-pitched squealing noises, a more serious issue is likely already present, and a repair is almost certain to be necessary.
While these issues aren’t always hopeless–nor entirely preventable–it’s much wiser to use preventive maintenance as a tool to be sure they never occur in the first place.
There are a few things you can do regarding preventive maintenance to make sure furnace noises never become an issue in your household.
- First and foremost, make sure to bring in a local HVAC professional for regular tune-ups. Once a year or so is usually sufficient to allow your heating technician to spot any developing problems with the system before they become more serious. Generally speaking, this is the most important step toward keeping furnace noises from becoming a major problem.
- More specifically, it’s also wise to have your professional contractor do things like checking your pilot light’s adjustment (if applicable), and lubricating your shaft bearings. These are two of the biggest contributors that cause the aforementioned furnace sounds, so if you take preventive measures ahead of time, you shouldn’t have to deal with problems in the long term.
- Changing the system’s air filter is one maintenance step that homeowners can do on their own. Keeping the filter clean will help prevent buildup from accessing the furnace’s internal components. And buildup is often the main cause of furnace noises.
The investment in preventive furnace maintenance pays off in the long run: It keeps your system operating efficiently, lowers energy bills, and helps ward off potential problems–and furnace noises. For all of your heating and cooling needs, contact the area’s leading local HVAC experts at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Serving the Route 495/128 area, we’re happy to help.
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