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Do-It-Yourself Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace needs the proper maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to help ensure it lasts as long as it is designed to. However, hiring a professional to clean, oil and maintain this appliance can get costly. My name is Jeff and like many of you, I live on a very tight budget. I spent a lot of time researching various type of maintenance that I could do on my furnace myself to get it the maintenance it needed at a price that I could live with. I created this website to share my knowledge and experiences with others who wish to save some money on their furnace maintenance needs. I hope this proves helpful to you.

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Troubleshooting Noisy Issues With A Central Electric Heating System

There is nothing like making your way inside the house on a cold winter's day to kick your shoes off and relax in the warmth provided by your central electric heating unit. However, if your unit starts to make a lot of racket and fuss when that glorious warm air starts pushing through the vents, it is much less relaxing a lot more nerve wracking. If you are having issues with a noisy central electric heating unit, it is handy and reassuring if you know what you need to do in order to get rid of the problem. 

Problem: You hear high-pitched whistling or squeals coming from specific vents in the house.

Cause and Solution: If something thin and plastic gets caught on the grates of a vent cover, the forced heat moving through will cause an undeniable whistle as it passes through. If you are hearing whistling in one room, pull off the vet cover and clean it thoroughly. Don't be surprised if you find a piece of tape, plastic wrapper, or some other small object that has been the sneaky noise make all along.

Problem: There is an unusual rattling noise that seems to radiate throughout your home and is apparent in every room.

Cause and Solution: Ductwork is typically an interconnected system. Therefore, if there is one point where there is a rattle taking place, the noise could easily transfer through the rest of the ducts, meaning that you could hear a noise all over your home even though it is really just coming from one place. If it is rattling that you are experiencing, there is a good chance that there is something loose inside of the ducts. This could be something as small as a tiny metal fastener or even a piece of duct tape that was used to seal off the duct during installation. It is a good idea to grab a flashlight and pull down points of the ductwork that are easily accessible to see if you see anything loose.

Problem: Popping noises coming from the HVAC unit.

Cause and Solution: Of all of the noises that may rattle your nerves from an electric heating system, popping is probably going to be the most alarming. This popping may sound like electrical snaps or pops and is definitely a cause for concern. It is important not to try and tackle this problem on your own because it is likely being caused by an electrical discharge inside of the heating unit. Turn off the heat system and get in touch with a heating contractor immediately for attention.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from A One Heating & Air Conditioning.