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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

Oil or Gas? Which Type of Home Furnace Do You Need?

by Billie Carlson

Before temperatures drop down low, it is time to assess the heating system in the home. Is it gas? Is it oil? Which will be more efficient for the winter months? Does anything need to be replaced or should a new system be put in?

HVAC Systems

Most homes have an HVAC system. Usually this is a forced operation to distribute hot or cold air depending on whether it is winter or summer. It can be used with either an oil or a gas furnace to keep the home comfortable when the temperatures become unbearably chilly.

Oil Furnace

Using oil to keep the home warm during the coldest time of the year is one option for furnaces. Oil has many benefits. It's odorless, smokeless, and does a decent job heating a home. Shipments can be set up for monthly, bi-monthly, or whatever system the client wants.

A typical tank can hold between 275 and 300 gallons of oil. There are a couple of significant drawbacks to having an oil furnace. It can be expensive depending on the area that the home is located in. Another problem is, if there is a blizzard and the home runs out oil, they will not be able to get more fuel until the roads are passable again.

Gas Heat

Many high efficiency furnaces are powered by gas. They do an excellent job at heating buildings and are not as expensive as an oil furnace. The trouble with this type of fuel is that it is not available everywhere. Another issue that homeowners may run into is that gas can create the deadly poison carbon monoxide.

To solve that problem, an excellent carbon monoxide detector should be installed in the home and checked regularly to make sure that it is working properly. Oil will create smoke before a fire, but gas simply explodes with very little warning. However, no tank will have to be installed on the homeowner's land like with an oil heating system.

Do It Yourself…Not!

Removing and installing a new HVAC system should never, ever be done as a do it yourself project. There are way too many things that could potentially go wrong if the people installing the system are not properly trained. Hiring a professional is the best choice when changing heating systems. They will have the correct tools and know exactly how to prevent a possible catastrophe in the future.

No matter which system is chosen, oil or gas, there is a furnace for every home and for every price range. Be sure to verify what is best available in the area before making any purchases. Consult with a professional (such as Perry Heating Cooling) in order to make sure the heating system is correctly installed.