Why is my system making a banging noise when thermostat is set to heat?

One of the main causes of a banging noise when your furnace is set to heat is because of a gas build up. Some people call this a “puffback”. This happens when your furnace isn’t igniting at the correct time. Gas is allowed to build up inside your furnace and is causing a mini explosion. There are several reasons for what is causing this to happen.

• Clogged burner
• Bad igniter
• Cracked heat exchanger
• Clogged exhaust
• Bad gas valve

The best way to prevent this from happening is to perform consistent maintenance on your system. Therefore, it is important to have a tune-up before every winter season! If you notice that this is happening to your system currently, we recommend that you call Falcon Air as soon as possible. This can lead to safety issues within the home if not handled quickly.

Why is my system making a banging noise when the thermostat is in the cooling or heating setting?

Inside Unit:

If your inside air handler or furnace is making a banging noise, there is likely something loose inside of the system. This can happen over time and is quite common. The best solution to this is to call us and have a technician check the unit and see if it can be fixed.

Another cause of an indoor unit making a banging noise is that one of the motors is going bad and needs to be replaced. We recommend that you get this replaced as soon as possible, as it may cause the unit to have other issues in the future. The best way to prevent this is by having a consistent maintenance plan to ensure the longevity of the unit and save you money over the long run.

Outside Unit:

There are multiple reasons on why the outdoor unit may be making a banging noise. It may be something as simple as the fan needs to be tightened or it may require a new fan motor. The worst-case scenario is that the compressor is going bad. This is a problem that would need to be addressed right away or you may be left without air once it goes out.