Don’t you love the digital world we live in? You know what I mean, the world where our devices tell us what to do; at least if we want to listen to them. Cars that steer themselves when you cross the centerline, beep obnoxiously when you are backing up, and apply the brakes automatically when you get too close to another car. We could go on and on with other examples.
Your HVAC System is No Different
If you hear a “beep beep” coming from the furnace in your Waterford, MI home, trust us it has nothing to do with the Road Runner (sorry if you didn’t watch cartoons as a kid). Modern furnaces are able to monitor themselves and let you know when it’s time for maintenance or a furnace repair. If yours starts beeping, the first thing you should do is check your owner’s manual. A beeping furnace could be nothing more than a reminder it’s time to change the filter. But it could also be something more serious requiring the services of a professional technician from Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
Ignoring Beeping is Not the Answer
You may find those warning sounds to be annoying, but it’s happening for a reason. Back to your car, you may be tempted to ignore that “check engine” light when it comes on because many times it’s just a minor issue. But you also know it’s a gamble that could end badly. Similarly, ignoring a beeping furnace can turn a minor repair into a major and expensive one.
Listening to Your Furnace is Always Good
Warning systems aside, you should always be aware of any strange sounds coming from your furnace. They could be telling you it’s time for a furnace repair. Some common examples are:
- Whistling—This is usually a sign of a clog of some sort. It’s restricting airflow and which causes the whistling sound. The problem could be a dirty filter or a restriction in the ductwork. Leaks in the ductwork can also make a whistling noise as the heated air escapes through small holes.
- Loud Thuds—A thud sound can be pretty common when a furnace turns on, but if it is unusually loud or persistent you should call in a professional. It could be a sign you need a furnace repair.
- Squeaking or Squealing—The most common cause for these types of sounds are bad bearings in the blower motor. In either case, the problem isn’t going to go away and it’s not something the homeowner can fix. You should immediately call Kotz to schedule an appointment to prevent any serious damage.
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With our long history of top-notch service, you can depend on Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for all the repair and maintenance needs in your Waterford, MI home. To learn more about us and the services we offer be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.