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If Your Heating System Is Noisy, Your Furnace's Screws May Be Loose

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Heating systems have a variety of components that must be kept in perfect shape in order to avoid any problems. One issue that is common with these systems is a lot of excessive noise. In this scenario, you may be able to fix the problem yourself by tightening any loose screws in your furnace that may be contributing to this high level of noise.

Noise Is A Common Furnace Problem 

When a heating system runs properly, and there are no issues with its screws, there should be very little to no noise. The only sound should be a slight hum of the fan blowing and the sound of the air itself. However, if you find that your heating system sounds like it is dying when it runs, you may have problems with the screws in the furnace.

There are many screws in a furnace, and each must be tightly screwed into place to keep the system running smoothly. When they aren't in place, the operation of the furnace may cause them to shake. This shaking can then spread throughout the rest of the furnace and shake the areas that are loose. This creates a ton of noise that is very annoying to hear.

Just as problematically, it can also cause the screws to come out even more. When this happens, more serious issues are likely to occur. That's because loose screws may interfere with how the furnace runs and cause other issues that are hard to predict. Understanding them is critical to ensuring everything goes smoothly.

Why More Serious Problems Can Occur

While loose screws in a furnace might not seem like a big deal, they can be if you don't do something about them. For example, if your furnace sides are loose and the operation of the furnace causes them to shake look, you could expose the heart of the furnace. Even worse, parts inside of the furnace could be damaged if interior elements fall off.

As a result, it is important to open up your furnace and to tighten all the screws. Finding the loose ones should be fairly easy. Press an appropriate screwdriver into the hole and turn to the right to see how tight the screw is set. If it is tight, it won't turn at all. However, if it is even a bit loose, it should tighten up as you turn.

Even if you take care of this problem on your own, it is probably a good idea to talk to a furnace repair specialist. These skilled repair people can identify any other problems with your furnace and take steps to ensure that they don't make it an even bigger deal.