It’s almost Halloween, and that has us thinking about horror movies, and all the different types of horror movies there are to choose from.
There are zombie films, like Night of the Living Dead, stories about sinister Satanic forces like Rosemary’s Baby or The Omen, or monster movies like Alien or The Thing.
Then there’s the haunted house. We’d argue that these movies are scary because they’re so relatable. We know deep down that zombies or vampires aren’t real, but we’ve also been home alone at night, wondering What Could Have Made That Noise?
We’re not saying ghosts aren’t real, but most of the time, an unexplained noise is usually a sign that you need an HVAC repair service, not an exorcist. Here are a few of the ways that your heating and cooling system might be “haunting” your house.
The Cold Room
“It’s always so COLD in this room,” you tell visitors. The rest of your home is comfortable, but this room never seems to warm up. You shiver whenever you pass by, and on very cold days, you can even see your breath.
The culprit here isn’t as dramatic as a vengeful poltergeist. It’s probably something as simple as a dirty air filter preventing warm air from getting into the room, or a leaky or damaged air duct.
Or it might be a more serious issue, such as an HVAC system that isn’t sized properly for your home. A system that’s too small won’t be able to warm your home.
Banging and Wailing
Unexplained noises are a hallmark of classic ghost stories, whether it’s an otherworldly screech or a loud, sudden crash.
But when you hear those noises in your home, your first call should not be to your local ghost hunters, but to a heating and cooling repair company.
Screeching or squealing noises can be a sign of a problem with a belt or motor bearings. Belts aren’t expensive to replace and should be switched out before they break.
Adding lubricant will often help quiet noisy motors but consult with a professional before trying to do this yourself, as household lubricants like WD-40 aren’t equipped to handle your HVAC system.
Meanwhile, loud banging noises coming from the heater could be the result of a delayed gas ignition, which happens when gas builds up in the furnace rather than immediately igniting. It’s essentially a small explosion, which – as you might imagine – can damage your system.
Loud banging noises could also be caused by metal ductwork expanding and contracting as the heater’s blower starts up. Changing your air filters and making sure vents are open can prevent this problem. If it persists, you’ll need to check with an HVAC installation and repair company.
Who Closed the Door?
In haunted house movies, one of the first signs that something is amiss is the creaky door that slooooooowly closes on its own.
If you’re seeing that happen in your home, it’s likely the result of a draft, or a pressure imbalance within your system. A heating and cooling repair service appointment can diagnose your HVAC system to tell for sure.
Don’t let a broken or inefficient heating and cooling system haunt your home. The HVAC installation and repair experts at All Seasons Comfort Control can examine your system and diagnose strange noises and other issues.
Contact us today to schedule maintenance on your system. We look forward to giving you and your family one less thing to be scared of this Halloween season.