Why is My Heating System Clicking?

Have you started noticing a clicking sound coming from your heating system? Clicking could indicate any number of things. Determining the cause depends on a few factors, such as the type of heating system you have, the age of your system, and the energy source. For an accurate diagnostic and furnace repair in Greensboro, it’s best to call a reputable HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) service. Consider the following possibilities and then contact Berico for service. 

Possible Sources of a Clicking Sound in your Heating System 

  • Pilot Light. If there is a problem with the pilot light, whether it is unable to light or stay lit, you may hear a clicking sound as the system attempts to relight the pilot. 
  • Bearings. Most heating systems have a motor, and every motor has bearings that will eventually wear out or become dirty. When the bearings are worn or dirty they can make a clicking sound that may be loud enough to notice. 
  • Inducer. A fan or blower is an important part of older oil furnaces, used to expel smoke and fumes from the burning oil. It’s called an inducer, and if this part becomes dirty or loose it will make a clicking sound.  
  • Gas Valve. If you have natural gas or propane, you may hear a sporadic clicking sound with no discernable pattern. This indicates a problem with your gas valve, which can only be handled by your gas company. Do not call your HVAC company for furnace repair if you suspect there is an issue with your gas valve, line, or meter.  

Likely Causes of the Problem 

  • Age of your System. If your heating system is older than 15-20 years, it may be showing signs of age. Extra noises are often an indication that your old furnace needs a tune up or possibly replacement.  
  • Wear and Tear. Over time certain parts of your heating system may start to wear out from constant use and movement. Worn out parts may make some noise, alerting you to the possibility of a problem.  
  • Lack of Maintenance. The most common cause of unusual or increased noises coming from your heating system is lack of maintenance. Your furnace will get dusty and dirty from use, soot will build up, parts will wear out, and lubrication will dry up. These are all problems that regular maintenance can solve. You can prevent heating system issues, extend the life of your system, and save energy by keeping your system operating more efficiently.  

Call Berico for Furnace Repair in Greensboro and the Surrounding Area  

Don’t ignore strange noises coming from your heating system. Call your trusted HVAC company for furnace repair in Greensboro before the problem gets any worse. A minor issue left unattended can become a major problem that could lead to expensive system replacement instead of an easy, affordable repair. Call Berico today for furnace repair and maintenance: (336) 273-8663.