Hello. I am renting a house in Idaho and the gas furnace is loud when
it goes on. It is not an explosion, it seems more like some sort of
resonance similar to an old motorcycle that goes on for a few minutes
before the hot air starts blowing. I have never heard a gas furnace
this loud. The landlords have vacuumed it and it hasn't helped. Any
suggestions or similar experiences? Thanks.
You could tell the landlords that you don't feel safe and ask them to
have it professionally inspected. Offer to split the cost with them
($45 - $75 in western NY) or if you have kids, use them as an excuse.
"I'm not trying to be pushy, I'm just looking out for my family."
If they refuse, play the "I'll call the local housing authority" card.
You might piss 'em off, but if you're really concerned that it's not
safe, and they are not willing to have it inspected on the chance that
it will fail, then you don't want them as landlords anyway.
Noisy is a relative concept. If you read info on furnaces - you'll find
that some are quite noisy. My old furnace is MUCH quieter than some new
high efficiency units belonging to my neighbors. Doubt that the landlord
picked that model, just to annoy you and others.
If you insist on inspection, offer to pay for it, especially if the furnace
if found OK. If the furnace if found defective, the landlord should pay for
the whole thing.
You didn't describe the nature of the noise. If it is the motor
sounding if it takes a bang first then runs like it is shaking some
metal sheets loose then its the squirrel cage blower bearing that is
probably ovalled. The motor axle flops around the ovalled holes.
There is a metallic bang on starting up and on the motor stopping.
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