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What Could Make a Heater so Loud?

noiseIt can be very scary and intimidating when your heater makes a loud bang when it turns on. For light sleepers and mothers with young babies, it can give you sleepless nights you never wish to remember. Here are a few major causes of heater noise and the tips on how to get rid of it:

Dirty furnace burners

If the noise occurs only when your furnace turns on and it lasts for several seconds or minutes before you start feeling the hot air, your furnace burner may be dirty. Accumulated dirt on the furnace burners will cause gas to collect on the furnace before it ignites. The delayed ignition from huge gas build up brings about the big bang comparable to a mini explosive.

You should never ignore this noise since delayed ignition may eventually crack the heat exchanger of your furnace. When this is cracked, you will have to purchase a new furnace and can be quite expensive.

Seek the services of professional heater cleaners if this is what causes the noise.
Delayed gas ignition/explosive problem

If the banging noise comes from the heater, then the delayed ignition is the likely cause.

Delayed gas ignition as discussed above, occurs when the gas in your furnace builds up instead of igniting immediately. The delayed ignition may be caused by the following conditions:

  • Excessive air mixing with the gas, making it difficult to ignite.
  • Too little gas reaching the burners due to low gas pressure from the supply.
  • Restricted, dirty, or weak pilot light for older furnace models.
  • Misaligned or dirty furnace burners

Expanding and contracting air ducts

If you hear clapping noise a few meters away from your furnace, then the issue is most likely in the air ducts.
When the furnace’s blower begins, it both sucks in air from around the home and blows it out through the supply ducts. This makes different portions of your ducts to contract (pop in) and expand (pop out). This may cause little noise since the minor popping is natural. If the expansion and contraction is severe, it may result in loud popping and banging noise and may be as a result of the following conditions:

  • Undersized ducts- As the blower pulls and pushes air through a very small area, it may cause strain on the air ducts.
  • Closed vents- Will make the blower struggle harder to push out and pull in air, making the ducts to forcefully expand and contract as a result of the increased air pressure. The same amount of air tries to get in through squeezed passageway exerting more pressure on the open passageway.
  • Clogged air filter- This may make it difficult for your blower to pull in the return air, hence causing the return ducts to forcefully pop in generating loud bangs.

Try opening the air vents and change the furnace filters and see if the problem goes away. If that doesn’t work, you may need to call professional heater technicians for further troubleshooting. They may advise you further on what needs to be changed especially if the ducts are undersized.

The benefits of heat pumps

When it comes to deciding an efficient heating option, homeowners often get overwhelmed because of availability of various heating solutions such as heat pumps, central heating systems, boilers, electric space heater, pellet stoves, etc. Out of these many options, heat pump’s popularity has dramatically risen over years.

Not only do heat pumps boast for high energy efficiency ratings, they are practical, convenient and environmentally friendly to use. In addition, they can also be used for cooling in summer, dehumidifying, air filtration, etc. Many consumer advocacy groups and government agencies also endorse heat pumps to be the most efficient heating option.

Here are some of the key benefits of heat pumps

Energy efficiency

With achieving an average COP (Coefficient of Performance) figures of four or more, many energy efficiency conservation agencies has identified heat pumps as the most efficient form of heating with between 300% to 400% efficiency. This means they only use an average of less than 1 kilowatt to achieve four kilowatts of heating or cooling, while also making it cheaper to run as well.

Comfort control and convenience

Heat pumps spread the warmed air with the use of a fan, making the heating dispersed more evenly than any other heating options. Your can have a precise indoor comfort control in a single touch of a button with a heat pump. Once reaching your desired comfortable temperature, it will automatically maintain that temperature without continuing for more heat. Some heating appliances, on the other hand, continue heating resulting in an unfavorable indoor temperature. Heat pump also allows you to pre-program the start up or turn off schedules that suit you.

Safety

The fire services always suggest children, furniture, clothing be at least a meter away from fires or heaters. However, heat pumps, unlike many heating options including electric heater, gas burners, have no hot surfaces or flames and hence they are absolutely safe for children as well.

Improved Air Quality

Most heat pumps can improve your indoor air quality by getting rid of nasty allergens through advanced air filtration system. They can remove airborne particles and provide maximum air quality that is vital for allergy and asthma sufferers.

Cooling in summer

One of the key benefits of heat pumps is their unique functionality to be used both in winter and summer. Not only can they be used to heat in winter, but they can also be used to cool your house in summer. They are also used in dehumidification to fight excess moisture to enhance comfort levels.

If you reside in Melbourne area and want your heat pump inspected for any issue or maintained to help prolong its lifespan, contact Heating and Aircon Repairs Online and let our qualified heating system repair Melbourne and maintenance services access your system and offer you with quality services.