What can cause a indoor furnace or air handler to make abnormal noises?
Here is an actual list of obstacles or issues I have found inside systems, blower compartments and duct work:
- Dead mouse stuck in a blower wheel!
- Blower Wheel is actually coming apart at the frame – makes a metal to metal grinding sound – too many dirty air filters over the years!
- Bad Heat Exchanger in a gas furnace – flame is rolling out of the furnace as the furnace ignites makes a popping noise every time the furnace cycles on- very dangerous!
- Mylar Balloon sucked into the top of a furnace!
- Roll of duct tape – been there 17 years!
- Toys – balls, boats, airplanes, etc.
- Instruction or paper information sheets from equipment or duct work – been there for years!
- Partial frames from old air filters!
- Construction debris from when the home was built! 40+ years ago!
- Beer Cans, bottles – small and large!
- Water leaking from an underground water pipe or sewer pipe!
- Loose insulation from the equipment or from the duct work sucked up into the system!
- Abnormal Operating Dirt, Dust and Debris!
- Plenum or Duct has come loose and making high velocity air sound! (See attached picture.)
If you need help with abnormal furnace, air handler, air conditioning noises call A.I.R. today at 405-618-2AIR or 405-421-5191. Or go to our website at airokc.com and schedule an appointment online.
Please have the noise checked out, you never know what is in your heating or cooling system unless you look or have someone look!
(We look for sound issues or any potential issues of any kind on every heating or cooling semi-annual service appointment. )
Replace or repair? Does your heating and cooling equipment need to be replaced? Or can it be repaired?
Hello Homeowner or Business owner,
What do you do if an air-conditioning contractor tells you that you need a new piece of heating and cooling equipment? Ask for proof? Agree immediately? Prepare to borrow money? Freak out! Become depressed! Or do you take control!
What I mean by take control is for you to give thought to a second opinion, most HVAC – Heating and Cooling contractors will give you a free second opinion or at least a free estimate to replace and or repair the equipment. So do your homework, gather as much information as you can before making a final decision. And whatever you do, do not make a decision based on the fact you do not have heating and cooling immediately, unless you need heating and cooling immediately!
Immediately means, you have health care issues for elderly individuals or young children that have no place to go, potential frozen sprinkler systems and or water pipes present that will do great damage, or you run a business with employees or customers that depend on the heating and cooling to be in place – or you lose money! But, you ultimately define immediate need. (A.I.R. supplies temporary cooling and heating in these severe needs, if possible, at no cost to you.)
A hotel room that cost $80 to $120 a night can save you thousands if you take a deep breath and do some research. Get 2 to 3 estimates before you make a final decision. Look at financing options as well, most HVAC contractors will have financing available, but it might not be the financing you can afford. Shop around, terms and interest rates, early payoff penalties and overall cost should be looked at in depth, just don’t take the first financing offer you are presented with.
As for repairs, call around, ask the contractors or their sales people if they give free second opinions. If you already have the problem diagnosed, then do some price checking. You might be surprised at the varied cost with some the heating and cooling contractors in your area. Repairing your heating and cooling equipment might be the right thing to do, however, it might be throwing money away on a piece of equipment that is worn out and used up. $300 today, $500 in the fall, $600 next summer, the investment in repairs may be a bad one. But, you must make the final decision, do not allow your contractor to make the decision.
So if you need AIR, Call 406-618-2AIR for a free estimate or second opinion on replacing or repairing your heating and cooling equipment. Let us save you some money and protect your comfort!
Any HVAC contractor can typically service and or repair any brand of heating and cooling equipment you have. The parts are normally available from a local equipment wholesale distributor. There are some restrictions and or warranty issues that can come up however.
For example you may have to contact the contractor that installed the HVAC equipment if it is still under a labor warranty, you would want that contractor to honor your labor warranty and parts warranty at no cost to you. Or there may be a restriction on the warranty claim for parts, the contractor that installed the equipment may be the one obligated to file the warranty on your behalf.
Another example would be that the heating and cooling equipment may have been purchased online from a distributor from another state. The equipment may still be under a parts warranty, but the parts must be shipped in from that distributor, which could take days if not weeks to receive the part and have it installed. In this case you would be out the labor cost only and maybe shipping and handling fees.
Typically however, you would be able to contact most HVAC Contractors and they can service your heating and cooling equipment with no problems. Just be sure to ask up front when you call for service if they can service the brand you have.
A.I.R. Plus can service and repair most brands, Trane, Ruud, Rheem, Lennox, Carrier, Coleman, Evcon, Goodman, GMC, Bryant, Heil, American Standard, Payne, York, Ameristar, Aireflo, Comfort Maker, GMC, Westinghouse, Armstrong just to name a few.
So remember! If You Need Air, Call 405-618-2AIR
If you are looking for a new thermostat for your heating and cooling system, do some research. Or call a professional that installs and services them everyday. Why? Because the choices are endless or least it seems that way.
Programmable or Non-programmable, gas heat or heat pump heat, emergency heat or auxiliary heat, Single stage or two stage, digital or led display, smart stat or no smart stat, internet ready and accessible or no internet access at all! The features and benefits are endless!
If you need help or repair for your thermostat call 405-618-2AIR today and we can help! And yes, even if you have tried to replace your own thermostat and now nothing works, call us or go to our website at airokc.com to schedule a service call and we can resolve the issue quickly in most cases.
“Need Air, Call 618-2AIR!”
405-618-2247 or 405-421-519
Need a new gas furnace? You may qualify for up to $2500 in rebates through the Oklahoma Natural Gas Energy-Efficiency Program. If you have consider replacing your gas furnace and replacing it with a high efficiency rating this may be a great way to save some money and improve your comfort level during the cold weather.
For more information on the rebate program click on the link below:
Or call A.I.R. Plus as 405-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 for additional information and details.
At A.I.R. Plus we charge only a Service Call Fee for quick repairs. What is a quick repair? Any repair that takes less than an hour to complete.
So let’s say you call us for service. We arrive at your home and diagnose the problems as just a faulty capacitor on the blower motor inside the furnace. We would get your approval for the repair and quote you the cost for Service Call Fee and the part.
We would not charge you a service call fee and a labor fee. Just one price for the service and the part.
If the repair would take longer than an hour to complete. We would only charge labor cost AFTER THE FIRST HOUR OF ACTUAL LABOR PERFROMED FOR THE REPAIR.
So don’t get caught by the double charges and misleading tactics of some of the HVAC business out there. Ask upfront how much the service call is and what it includes.
For comfortable air call A.I.R. Plus today at 40-618-2247 or 405-421-5191 for immediate service on your air conditioning, heating or cooling system.
Look closely and you can see the hole on the bottom left hand side of the picture. This A/C leak destroyed flooring and trim in home. The home owner had to have the evaporator coil replaced to stop the leaking water into the hall way of their home.
Electrical shorts were caused by this A/C drain not being properly maintained. Luckily the home owner was home when the short occurred and shut the A/C unit off at the electrical breaker. Otherwise it could have caused a serious and hazardous fire!
Look at the mold growth on this air handler in the attic. The mold from the backed up drain was so bad it was growing on the outside of the A/C equipment! This mold contaminated air is being introduced to their home and lungs! Please do not let a drain issue persist, it can cause serious damage and cost many of dollars to repair after the fact. Call A.I.R. Plus today if you need help with an A/C drain issue at 405-618-21247 or 405-421-5191 or go to or website at airokc.com to schedule an appointment online.
The cost for a new a/c unit or system can be very complex. In fact there is not a simple straight forward answer without some detailed information gathered at your home or business.
For example: You have may have a 5-year old complete heating and cooling system and it just went out of factory part warranty coverage and your indoor equipment (furnace and evaporator coil) are in good shape and have more life in them. You may not need to purchase the entire system, just the outdoor a/c condensing unit is all you need. Especially if it operates on the newer 410A refrigerant. So all you need is an estimate for the outdoor equipment and this may save you thousands of dollars in replacement cost.
Another example: You have a 11 year old complete system, operating on R22 refrigerant (R22 is the old refrigerant that is being deleted by the year 2020) and you find out you have a leak in the evaporator coil and the compressor is weak on the outdoor unit when it runs! But the system is a heat pump system set-up on dual fuel (gas furnace inside instead of an air handler) and the furnace has hardly been used because the heat pump has been used for all the heating for your home or business. The furnace may be of value for another 10-years if it is in good shape, which means you may only need to replace the evaporator coil and the outdoor unit -heat pump.
Last example, but here are many I could use: You have a 20-year old complete heating and cooling system and you have had a major failure with the outdoor condensing unit, the compressor has failed and needs to be replaced. The evaporator coil holds a charge but it looks like it is about to fail any minute and the air handler looks like it has been standing in water with all the rust you can see from the outside and inside! It’s time! Time to replace all the equipment and get a new 10-year factory part warranty on a new complete system – indoor and outdoor equipment.
Free Estimates, Free 2nd Opinions are a premium service that most HVAC – Heating and Cooling Contractors offer. If they don’t offer free on site estimates, then you need to keep calling until you find contractors that will give you free estimates and 2nd opinions. Get as many estimates as you can, this will give you some additional insight to all the options you may have. One contractor may see some other option the other did not. And always be wary of the contractor pushing for quick buying decision – quick sale!
A.I.R. Plus offers free estimates and 2nd opinions for major repairs or replacement. Call 405-618-2AIR (2247) or Call 405-421-5191 today to set-up an appointment. Or go to our website airokc.com and click on Free Estimate.
A customer called A.I.R. Plus for their annual A/C inspection and during the inspection we found this issue – see attached picture. This is a very common issues found inside air handlers and furnaces. This customer had no idea this had happened and would have had to endure the discomfort for the upcoming hot summer. Luckily they called to have their A/C system checked and inspected.
They said it was an investment they are glad they made!
Call 405-618-2AIR today to make your investment! Or go to airokc.com to schedule an appointment on line.
As you may be able to see from the picture, a dog chewed into the bottom of this return air plenum which is located in the garage. The furnace being located in a garage area is very common, the furnace platform or return air platform/plenum in this case is one piece. So the outdoor air that is in the garage area is being pulled into the heating and cooling system. Then the heating and cooling system must heat or cool the outdoor air, not the conditioned air in the home. And this my friends is not good!
Your heating and cooling system is now responsible for heating and cooling conditioned air that it has conditioned in addition to outdoor air. This system will never keep you comfortable! So, check those HVAC units that are located in the garage. You never know what they have been subjected too in the past few weeks or months and may need to be repaired. Check them especially if you are having system performance problems or concerns.
Pets, bicycles, lawn mowers, cars and really any moving object can penetrate the old sheet rock casings for older systems. And penetrations are bad!
Call A.I.R. Plus if you need help with your system. We would love to help you!
Have a blessed day!