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Scary Sounds Coming From Your HVAC Unit You Should Never Ignore

Spooky season is upon us, and you may be extra alert to strange sounds in your home this month. Most likely, the sounds you hear coming from your basement or garage is just your HVAC unit trying to tell you something. Here are the top scary sounds coming from your HVAC unit you should never ignore

  1. Rattling

A rattling noise could mean nothing serious, or it could mean something very serious. That is why you should never ignore a rattling sound. This noise may indicate one of the following problems:

  • A Loose Panel or Screw: Usually, this is an easy fix. While a loose panel or a loose screw is something you want to have fixed soon, it’s usually not something that puts you and your family at immediate risk.
  • A Leak or Crack in Your Heat Exchanger: Now this is when it becomes a more serious issue. If not addressed quickly, this is very dangerous. Faulty heat exchanges can end up leaking carbon monoxide into your home, which can be fatal. According to the EPA, you can reduce expose to carbon monoxide by having a trained professional inspect, clean and tune-up your HVAC system on an annual basis.

Whether the cause for rattling is from a loose part or a leak or crack, it is better to be safe than sorry. Contact your local HVAC professional as soon as possible.

  1. Booming

Homeowners report that this booming noise coming from an HVAC unit sounds a lot like a gunshot. Usually, this is an indication that there’s gas buildup in the system. If ignored, this could eventually lead to your heat exchanger cracking, which we have already determined is very dangerous. Not only can it lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, but it can also completely burn out the furnace if not addressed. The sooner you address the problem, the better off you will be in your overall comfort.

  1. Whining or Squealing

Animal? Or HVAC unit? A whining or squealing noise, whether it be from an animal or your furnace, can still be kind of scary. Usually, this is due to your blower belt. Over time, your blower belt can experience wear and tear, which causes it to loosen or misalign. Sometimes, this just means your blower belt needs lubrication. Other times, it could mean there’s a bigger, more serious issue going on. That’s why it’s recommended you address this at your next maintenance.

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We recommend you schedule an annual maintenance at least once a year. Have you scheduled your annual HVAC maintenance yet this year? If not, now is the perfect time! Whether you need a diagnostic, repair, replacement, or maintenance, Acree is here for all of your HVAC needs. Contact us today at (813) 524-6313 or fill out our online form here so a team member can be in touch with you soon.