heater repair

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 are severe, it may result in loud popping and banging noise and maybe 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.

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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 of high energy efficiency ratings, but they are also 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 have 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. You 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 unfavourable indoor temperature. The heat pump also allows you to pre-program the startup 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 and maintenance services access your system and offer you with quality services.

 

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Torrential Rainfall in City? – Learn How to Service Your Air Conditioner

air conditioning serviceAll of us have experienced days when it rains cats and dogs. With heavy rains that hit your city, there are high chances that excess water hampers your air conditioner. Prevent damages caused by overflowing waters by taking simple timely measures. Here is how-

  • Safety first – There are no two ways about it. Yes, it is important to clear up clogged water from your appliance. However, before you hop into the task, be cautioned about the risks and think for a while about the possible dangers. The first step must be to switch off the power supply to your air conditioner. You may turn off the main switch of the house to disconnect electric supply or you may simply turn off the aircon’s electric switch. That will disconnect the appliance from the circuit.
  • Seek expert help – Professional assistance is irreplaceable. If you feel that disconnecting electric supply might be hazardous for you, call for professional help. They will arrive with the right gadgets and equipment to assess your HVAC appliance and the electrical circuit. They will be able to help you analyze whether your air conditioner is in a repairable condition or it has been severely damaged. In case of extreme damage, they might ask you to replace the appliance for your safety.

In order to determine whether you must call for an air conditioning repair service or look for a replacement, you need to consider three primary factors as follows:

  • Water clogging – Assess how much water has clogged in the ducts, pipes or external parts of the AC. Additionally, calculate an approximate time this water has been within the system. The longer the clogging duration, the higher is the severity of damage.
  • Electricity Supply Duration – As soon as it comes to your notice that your AC is affected by heavy rainfall, turn off the electricity supply. Longer electricity flowing through the circuit during harsh rains may lead to greater damage.
  • Debris, Insect matter, particles in the appliance – Excessive clogging due to dirt and debris that comes with heavy winds and rain also makes the appliance dysfunctional. The solution to this is calling for air conditioning repair expert advice. If it can easily be cleared, then it can be made functional by a simple replacement.

air conditioning service

If conditions are favourable for air conditioning repair, then call for expert air conditioning services. Take care to maintain a hazard-free environment while repair. Here are some tips for the same-

  • Switch off the electrical switches and pull out air conditioner plugs from sockets
  • Wipe/ drain excess water. Give sufficient time for the air conditioner to dry.
  • Seek professional assistance to inspect the aircon and wiring
  • Get your air conditioner inspected, cleaned and lubricated by an expert. Further, seek in depth consultation about repair, servicing and price estimates of the same.

Irrespective of whatever the circumstance might be, keep safety first. Do not hurry or panic. Replace air filters and furnace filters of the situation so demands. This will help you keep away the risk of indoor air pollution.