Weird Heater Noises & What They Mean
If the heating system in your Philadelphia home is making weird noises, it could be a sign that you need to call the professionals at Joseph Giannone Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for help.
Like any other type of machinery, boilers and furnaces have a variety of internal components that can go bad. When they do, your heating systems can begin to exhibit symptoms like banging and grinding noises. Knowing what sounds are normal and what sounds require attention is very important.
Here are tips on what to listen for:
Banging. If your boiler is banging or clanking, it can mean bad news. If minerals build up on the surface of the heat exchanger, it can cause pockets of steam to be created. Another cause of banging is delayed ignition, causing fuel to build up before igniting. This is a dangerous situation that requires professional maintenance.
Booming. If your furnace makes booming sounds, it could be caused by a build-up of carbon particles that end up partially blocking the burner assembly.
Whining. If your boiler is making a high-pitched whining noise, a small hole could have developed in it.
Grinding. A grinding sound can mean that the ball bearings in the motor of the boiler aren’t properly lubricated. A furnace can make a grinding noise if a problem develops with the cage blower wheel. Turn off the furnace if you hear this noise because continuing to operate it can result in damage.