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Top 6 Plumbing Maintenance Tips for the Home

Friday, October, 20th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

Top 6 Plumbing Maintenance Tips for the Home

Plumbing emergencies seem to come at the worst times. As we head into the holiday season, you may be familiar with Brown Friday. The day known to most Americans as Black Friday has a different moniker for plumbers. Due to the inordinate amount of plumbing service calls the day after Thanksgiving (normally plumbers’ busiest day of the year), most plumbers refer to this day as Brown Friday for obvious reasons.

But it’s not just clogged toilets you have to worry about. Your faucet may leak while you’re cleaning your pots and pans. Your water heater may stop supplying hot water to your fixtures. Your garbage disposal and drains may get clogged and backed up. And while we cannot avoid emergencies forever, we can at least lessen their occurrence through regular maintenance and basic plumbing tips.

If you want to enjoy your days free from plumbing catastrophes, follow these 10 plumbing maintenance advice from the pros.

6 Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Your Home

  1. Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

Be careful what you put down the garbage disposal! Never ever pour fat, oil, or grease (FOG) down any drain. When FOG cools down, it will solidify and block the pipes. Additionally, never pour large amounts of anything down the garburator—feed the monster slowly. If you are having guests over, don’t let them use the garbage disposal.

Never put any of these items down your garbage disposal:

  • Fat, Grease, and Oil
  • Potato Peels
  • Banana Peels
  • Pasta and Rice
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Egg Shells
  • Stringy Vegetables
  • Bones and Pits
  • Chicken Skin
  • Bleach, Drano or Other Harsh Chemicals

These items may jam up and damage your unit.

When using your garbage disposal systems, run cold water and leave it on for a few seconds before grinding stuff. After turning the disposal off, leave the tap running for an extra 10-15 seconds. Doing so will help flush waste substances down the drain.

Learn more garbage disposal do’s and don’ts. Learn more plumbing tips for large gatherings.

  1. Drain Screen Magic

Mesh screens and drain strainers for your bathroom and kitchen will prevent the entry of soap scum, debris, hair and other substances that can quickly clog your pipes. Make sure you clean your sink stoppers and drain screens regularly. This is probably the simplest and most effective way to prevent drain clogs.

  1. Washing Machine Woes

The washing machine is an indispensable plumbing appliance that makes your daily life convenient. To prevent clogs in your main drain, make sure you put a drain hose filter/lint trap or tie pantyhose at the end of the washer’s drain hose. These things will allow the dirty water to pass through, but catches the lint and dirt that can clog your drain and pipes.

Check the supply lines/hoses once a month to ensure they are not kinked or leaking. Most of the time you can fix these issues yourself with a pair of adjustable pliers if it’s caught early. Sometimes all you need to do is install new hose washers. If you need to replace the hose itself, you can find replacement hoses at your local home improvement store. Make sure you turn the water supply off if you have a leak. If you have a major leak, however, it’s best to call an expert to avoid flooding and additional major damage.

  1. Toilet Trouble

Cotton balls, bandages, Q-tips, diapers, tampons, wet wipes, cigarette butts and even facial scrub pads and paper towels should NEVER get flushed down the toilet. These things will totally block the pipelines.

The only things you should ever flush down your toilet are HUMAN WASTE and TOILET PAPER. Nothing else!

Sometimes, toilet paper can cause clogs. Try using thinner toilet paper or not as much if this is a problem. If you are a guest at someone’s house, we recommend a courtesy flush because you never know how weak or strong their flush is. It also helps to reduce the smell.

Insufficient water in the toilet bowl can also cause problems. Learn how to adjust the water level in your toilet bowl.

If your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl, you may have a problem with the flapper, chain, or ball float. To find out if you have a toilet leak, add a few drops of food dye to the water in the tank and leave for an hour. If the water in the bowl has changed color when you come back, you have a leak. Learn how to detect plumbing leaks at home and how to fix a running toilet.

Learn tips for National Toilet Rank Repair Month.

  1. Water Heater Maintenance

Keep your water heater working properly and efficiently with these tips:

  • When your water heater stops working or when you notice a leak, turn the supply line off to prevent further damage.
  • Insulate your water heater tank and its supply pipes to increase its efficiency.
  • Turn the water heater temperature down from the standard 140 degrees F to a safer and more energy-efficient 120 degrees F. Learn how to adjust water heater temperature.
  • Periodically drain your water heater to remove built-up sediment in the tank.
  • Schedule annual plumbing maintenance with a professional. They will inspect your water heater pipes, connections, and pressure-relief valves.
  • Learn more water heater maintenance.
  1. Clean and Clear Drains

Slow drains signify a budding clog. Address the problem right away by cleaning the drains. But remember, don’t use drain cleaners with harsh chemical content. You can go for good old baking soda and vinegar instead. Or use Bio-Clean, our recommended products for clearing slow and clogged drains. Learn more drain cleaning solutions.

The key to a long-living and healthy home is preventative maintenance. Call Gold Medal Service for professional plumbing solutions. Join our Total Care Club for annual plumbing, electrical, and HVAC maintenance plans.

Reach a live, friendly representative at 1-877-803-0511 (Available 24/7).

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What is a Water Heater Anode Rod and When Should I Replace It?

Friday, October, 13th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

When Should You Replace Your Water Heater Anode Rod?

Water heater sacrificial anode rods are metal rods generally screwed into the top of the tank that attract corrosive elements in the water. They are “sacrificed” for the healthy survival of your steel-lined water heating tank.

As a general rule, magnesium anode rods work better than aluminum/zinc anode rods, but don’t last as long. In any case, anode rods are essential for protecting your tank from corrosion, but they eventually wear out after around 3-5 years, depending on many factors including the hardness or softness of your water.

Without a working anode rod, your water heater tank will be vulnerable to rust, corrosion, and other damaging effects of chemicals and minerals in your water supply.

Here’s a diagram showing the inside of your storage water heater:

Water Heater Diagram - Sacrificial Anode Rod - Gold Medal Service

How Does a Sacrificial Anode Rod Work?

In order for the anode rod to work correctly, the anode rod must possess a lower, more negative, electrochemical potential than that of the water heater’s steel composition to be protected. All metals have negative voltage, but the lower the voltage (more negative), the more active the metal is considered to be.

The negatively charged electrons create a higher voltage to flow from the anode rod to the steel tank causing the anode rod to corrode instead of the steel water heater tank, or other exposed metals such as electric elements. Another way to think of anode rods is that they are “weaker” metals, which take the brunt of the corrosive elements before the stronger metals that make up your water heater tank.

What Metals Are Used in Sacrificial Anode Rods?

Sacrificial anodes are usually made from relatively pure active metals, such as magnesium, aluminum, or zinc. These more active metals (anodes) oxidize and corrode much faster than the less active metals (cathodes).

  • Magnesium generates around -1.6 volts
  • Aluminum generates around -1.1 volts
  • Zinc generates around -1.05 volts

As a result, magnesium anode rods tend to work better (succumbs to corrosion faster), but don’t last as long as other metals.

The anode rod is “self-sacrificing” and will continue to corrode until eventually it must be replaced. When there’s no sacrificial metal left on the anode, the tank can rust out, eventually causing it to burst.

How Long Do Water Heater Anode Rods Last?

Eventually, the anode rod will completely decay, which is when you should have it replaced. When it “dies,” your water heater tank will be under direct attack from all the corrosive elements in the water. Corrosion is exacerbated even further by high temperatures.

Anode rods generally can last about three to five years but it really depends mostly on the quality of your water and how much water travels through your water heater.

How to Check the Sacrificial Anode Rod

It’s highly recommended that you periodically inspect your water heater’s anode rod, which can be done during your annual plumbing inspection. By checking the status of your anode rod every 2-5 years, you can know when it’s time to replace it before it completely disintegrates.

In order to check the anode rod in your water heater, make sure you turn off the water supply as well as the power (from the circuit breaker) first. For specific instructions, consult the user/owner’s manual. After consulting the diagram in your user manual, you’ll want to drain the water heater a little bit below where the anode rod is positioned. If you have any questions whatsoever, contact your professional plumbers at Gold Medal Service.

Top 10 Signs You Should Replace Your Anode Rod

  1. Extends the lifespan of your storage water heater. It costs a lot less to replace an anode rod than an entire water heater.
  2. Water softeners can accelerate anode rod corrosion. Check your anode rod more frequently if you have a water softener (about once a year). Ask your plumber about non-sacrificial, electrical anode replacements as an alternative to sacrificial anodes.
  3. Acidic water can accelerate anode rod corrosion. If you have acidic water, check your anode rod more frequently (about once a year).
  4. The water heater makes loud or multiple popping noises when heating up — signaling potential corrosion and hardened mineral sediment.
  5. Your water heater is more than 5 years old. You can check the label on the side of your water heater to discover its age. Sometimes, the water heater’s age is hidden in an alphanumeric code. Check the water heater manufacturer’s website for instructions on reading the serial number.
  6. Your faucet aerators appear to clog more frequently. Also, if you notice a slimy gel substance when cleaning the faucet aerator.
  7. Your hot water starts emitting a “rotten egg” odor.
  8. Water is colder or not as hot as usual. The cause can be a failing heating element, broken down parts, or excessive sediment at the bottom of your unit.
  9. When your anode rod is nearing the end of its life, corrosion can begin to occur in your water heater tank. If you notice rusty-looking water, a corroding water heater unit can be the cause. Contact a plumber immediately before cracks and leaks start to develop.
  10. One obvious sign of a problem with your water heater is a leak or obvious cracks/corrosion. If you see water around your water heater, contact a professional plumber ASAP. You don’t want to wait until the tank bursts to seek professional help!

Bursting water heaters can be a mess to clean up and water can damage the inside of your home. By replacing your anode rod every 3-5 years, your water heater can last well over 20 years without any risk of leaks and resulting water damage. Unfortunately, if you ignore this important water heater maintenance task, you may need to replace the entire water heater after only 10 years of use.

Tankless water heaters don’t have anode rods and therefore don’t need anode replacements.

Contact Gold Medal Service to check and/or replace your anode rod. It’s an easy, quick, and crucial chore that will add years to your water heater’s lifespan.

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The key to a long-living and healthy home is preventative maintenance. Call Gold Medal Service for professional solutions to all your electrical, plumbing and HVAC needs. Join our Total Care Club to ensure your home function as safely and efficiently as possible.

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Gold Medal Service Offers Tips for Fire Prevention Week

Monday, October, 9th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

Leading New Jersey HVAC, plumbing and electrical company provides advice to homeowners to keep their home and family safe

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Oct. 5, 2017 – Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, is offering tips to homeowners for Fire Prevention Week, which is Oct. 8-14.

“We want every one of our customers to be prepared in case of a fire, and that means their home as well as their family,” said Joe Todaro, director of operations of Gold Medal Service. “National Fire Prevention Week is a great time to for New Jersey homeowners to ensure the  protection of their home and family by following a few tips that will help prevent fires as well as prepare the family in case of an emergency.”

Check smoke detectors – Every homeowner should periodically check their smoke detectors at least twice per year. Don’t wait until the detector’s battery fails – be proactive. A good time to test and replace smoke detector batteries is when the time changes in the fall and spring. While many newer smoke detectors have batteries that are good for 10 years, other detectors are wired into a home’s electrical system and may need some professional help.

Cook with caution – According to statistics, nearly half of home fires are related to cooking. Never leave your cooking unattended – even for a short time, and always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen that is rated for cooking-related fires. Never put a grease fire out with water – smothering the fire is the best method.

Conduct a heating system and duct inspection – Some home fires begin in blocked air ducts or improperly operating heating systems. Make sure all the vents in the heating system throughout your home are clean. Also, make sure your dryer vent stays free of lint and debris as a buildup of lint can quickly become a fire hazard even in the cleanest of homes. And if you have not had your heating system inspected and tuned up to ensure safe and efficient operation, now is the time to do so.

Don’t leave space heaters unattended – Space heaters should be placed at least three feet from furniture, window treatments, bedding, clothes, rugs or other combustibles. It is always safer to turn off space heaters if you are not in the same room, and remember that it is a safety hazard to use a space heater attached to an extension cord or power strip.

Check electrical cords, receptacles, outlets – Power cords that resemble a plate of spaghetti are a safety hazard. Check all cords for frays and breaks, as open cords can spark a fire. Minimize the number of cords plugged into power strips. And check to see if you have any issues with outlets or switches, including intermittent malfunctions, overheating, or discoloration – they are warning signs and need to be inspected by a professional.

Have an escape plan and practice it – To protect your family, always plan ahead. Develop an escape plan, establish a rally point for everyone to meet, and then practice your plan. By making it a fun exercise, your kids will feel even safer inside your home.

“Fire prevention should be practiced all year long,” Todaro said. “A home is one of the biggest investments you make. Protecting the home from fire danger is important, and ensuring your family is prepared will give you valuable peace of mind in case of emergency.”

For more information to prepare your home and family for any fire emergencies, contact Gold Medal Service at 800-576-GOLD or visit

About Gold Medal Service

Gold Medal Service was founded in 1994 with a vision to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 195 Service Expert Technicians, Installers, and employees solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, sewer and waterproofing issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is a Dave Lennox Award recipient, exclusive to the top 25 Lennox Premier Dealers throughout the Unites States and Canada. For more information, call 800-576-GOLD or visit

Is My House Haunted? Causes & Fixes for Haunted Houses

Friday, October, 6th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

Haunted House Causes and Fixes

Is your house haunted? Floors creaking, loud banging, cold spots, and strange sights and sounds?

During the fall months, and especially around Halloween, you may be hyperaware of strange activity in your home. Unexplained noises, flickering lights, and ghastly smells can put anyone on edge. But before you call a medium and cleanse your home with sage and holy water, inspect your home for these real-world haunted house causes.

Haunted House Causes & Fixes

  1. Cold Spots

If you watch haunted house and ghost shows, then you know that cold spots can indicate a ghost. You may not be able to see them, but when you come into contact with one, you can feel a cold and spooky sensation causing your hair follicles to stand upright.

Don’t automatically assume that you have a ghost (or ghost family) making themselves at home. Instead, investigate the area around the cold spot for any drafts or air leaks. Many times, cold spots are found around windows and doors that leak cool air from the outside.

To detect leaks (and potentially cleanse the area if it is an actual ghost!), light a piece of incense (or sage) and hold up the smoke around the perimeter of nearby windows and doors. If the smoke begins to move erratically, then you probably have an air leak. You can also hold your hand up to potential air leaks to see if you feel air movement with your hand.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, these are the most common air leak trouble spots in the home:

Common Air Leaks in the Home/House

Here are some tips for how to get rid of cold spots in your home:

  • Make sure all HVAC vents and registers are fully open and unblocked. It doesn’t save you any money or energy to close vents in unused or partially used areas of the home, and it can also cause damage to your HVAC system, ductwork, and cause hot/cold spots in the home.
  • Contact a professional HVAC technician for an energy audit. They can test your home for air tightness using a blower door test. This is a quick and easy way to find the most significant air leaks in your home.
  • Close up all of the air leaks around your doors and windows by adding/replacing weatherstripping, door sweeps, and weatherproof caulk.
  • Go around your home and use caulk and expandable foam spray around where utilities (plumbing and electrical) go through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind all of your electrical outlets and switch plates.
  • If you find dirty areas around your attic insulation, that is a clear indication of an air leak nearby. Learn more attic air sealing and insulation tips.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent and make sure it is not blocked by built-up lint, bird nests, snow, or debris. Clearing and unblocking your dryer vent will save you money and prevent a potential fire.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure the flue is tightly sealed when not in use.
  • Never use regular caulk around heat-producing flues and heating equipment, such as fireplaces, chimneys, furnaces, and water heater vents and flues. Contact a professional for help sealing around heat-producing equipment.

Learn more tips for sealing air leaks around the home.

In addition to getting rid of spooky cold spots in your home, sealing home air leaks will save you a lot of money on your HVAC bills, by far your home’s largest energy expense.

  1. Loud Banging, Popping, and Booming Noises

Halloween and the fall season usually goes hand in hand with first turning on your heating system. Unfortunately, furnaces and ductwork can cause a lot of strange and frightening noises, such as banging, popping, and booming.

You can avoid most frightening furnace noises by scheduling a fall furnace tune-up before you first turn on the system. This will ensure that your heating system is clean, safe, and efficient for the fall and winter seasons.

One really scary sound is a loud and booming explosion. This can happen gas builds up as a result of dirty furnace burners. When the furnace finally ignites, a loud bang or explosion can be felt throughout the home. For obvious reasons, this is damaging and dangerous. Turn your furnace off immediately and contact a professional HVAC technician as soon as you can. Do NOT turn the furnace back on until a professional has deemed it safe to do so.

Another common furnace sound is metallic clanking and scraping. This usually means that there is a loose metal component somewhere in the system. Many times it is a loose blower wheel that needs to be repaired or replaced. If you hear metal against metal, turn the system off and contact a professional right away.

A third common noise you may hear coming from the furnace is screeching, squealing, or whining. This is often caused by loose or aging blower belts (for belt-driven systems), unlubricated moving parts such as shaft bearings, or a malfunctioning blower motor/wheel. While less serious than the previous two noises, you still don’t want to ignore these furnace sounds. Contact a professional to make the necessary repairs or adjustments.

You may also hear strange sounds coming from your ductwork, such as oil-canning, popping, or banging. Contact an HVAC professional for noise dampening solutions

Again, you can avoid most of these noises by remembering to schedule fall furnace maintenance before you first need the services of your heating system.

  1. CO Hauntings & Hallucinations

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Blurred Vision
  • Visual and Auditory Hallucinations

All of these scary symptoms can be the result of lack of oxygen from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Since your red blood cells absorb carbon monoxide faster than oxygen and can block the pathway for new oxygen to enter, you may experience things that seem supernatural.

When fuel is burned, carbon monoxide is produced. While ventilation systems for your fireplace and heating system can get rid of these, CO leaks can lead to dangerous conditions and even death. In order to prevent CO leaks in the home, it’s important to test CO (and smoke) detectors every 30 days and remember to schedule annual heating and fireplace maintenance every year.

Learn more about furnace safety and carbon monoxide dangers.

  1. Running Water, Dripping, and Banging Pipe Sounds

First, check if you have a leak. Around 10% of all U.S. homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons of water or more every day. But, wait until daylight first.

While some water leaks are easy to fix yourself, such as a running toilet, others are much more difficult to pinpoint and fix. It may be time to call a plumber.

If you hear a loud thump that reverberates throughout the house, or banging noises in your plumbing system, you may be hearing “water hammers,” also known as “hydraulic shocks.” This happens when there is a sudden opening or closing of water supply lines. Sometimes it occurs when a washer changes cycles or a valve is rapidly turned on or off. Not only can it be scary, it can also be extremely damaging as well.

The best way to stop water hammer and banging pipes is with a water hammer arrester. Call your plumber for professional water hammer arrestor installations.

  1. Sickly Sewage Smells

If you smell something sickening, it could be coming from one of your seldom-used bathtubs or sinks. The P-trap is meant to block noxious sewer odors from rising up through your pipes and into your home. It only works, however, when there is enough water in the P-section to create a seal. Otherwise sewer gas can enter.

Plumbing P-Trap Sewer Gas Smell

The water in the P-trap can evaporate and dry out, clearing the way for nasty smells to come wafting into your home. This normally happens after about 3-5 months of non-use. In order to prevent P-traps from drying out, run water down all of the drains in your home at least once a month. If running the water doesn’t prevent the smell from coming back, you could have a leak or some other problem that is preventing the seal from working. Contact a professional plumber if this is the case.

If the sickly smell is coming from your garbage disposal, it may be time for a good cleaning and deodorizing. To keep your garbage disposal fresh, periodically grind up some ice and citrus wedges (lemon or lime).

Rule Out the Rational First

Before you call the paranormal investigators, contact the experts at Gold Medal Service. Of course, if you think that there is a serious risk, such as gas or carbon monoxide leaks, evacuate the home immediately and call 911 or your local gas company.

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In order to prevent a “haunted house” and associated costly problems, contact Gold Medal Service to diagnose the situation. While we don’t have any mediums or Ghostbusters on our team, we are very familiar with “haunted houses” and can provide solutions that are backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

We offer complete HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and waterproofing services (including maintenance, repair, and replacement) throughout New Jersey.

Squealing Furnace? How to Tighten a Loose Furnace Fan Belt

Friday, September, 29th, 2017 at 6:00 AM by Gold Medal

Squealing Furnace? How to Tighten a Loose Furnace Fan Belt

If you are hearing squealing or hissing noises from your furnace, it’s a good idea to find the source of the problem and fix it as soon as possible. Most likely, if you are hearing hissing/squealing sounds coming from your furnace, it’s an ill-fitting or loose fan belt.

Old, worn out, and overstressed fan belts can also cause a rubbery, burning smell. If this is the case, turn off your system and call a professional technician right away. Burning HVAC smells are never a good sign.

Belt Drive or Direct Drive?

The first step for diagnosing a hissing/squealing furnace is knowing whether or not you have a belt-drive or direct-drive blower.

Direct drive systems don’t use a belt since the output shaft is directly connected to the blower wheel (“squirrel cage”). The advantage of a direct furnace blower motor is that there is no belt that needs to be adjusted or replaced, which reduces maintenance and increases efficiency.

If you have a belt-drive blower, then you will want to inspect the belt that may be the cause of the squeaking or hissing noise. Many times, a loose or aging fan belt can cause the fan to stop working properly. Since the belt is placed under a lot of stress, it can crack and eventually break. If the belt is failing, you may hear squeaking sounds or your central heating won’t work at all until you have it replaced.

How to Inspect and Tighten Furnace Fan Belts

Follow these steps to inspect and tighten your blower belt:

  • Make sure power is off by flipping the power switch to “off” and flipping the corresponding breaker switch “off” in your electrical panel.
  • If you feel comfortable, remove the cover to your furnace blower compartment. Usually this can be done by removing 4-6 screws and lifting up and pulling out. Remove the cover and put it aside.
  • Look for the motor and fan belt. Visually inspect the fan belt for any signs of aging, fraying, or deterioration. If it looks in bad shape, call a professional to replace the belt.
  • If the belt is just loose, however, you can probably tighten it yourself.
  • Press down on the middle of the belt to see how much it deflects. If should deflect ½’’-¾’’. If it deflects more than ¾ of an inch when you press down on it, then it is too loose and needs to be tightened.
  • You can loosen and tighten the belt with the two screws that are located on the side or base of the motor (“motor bolt”). Loosen both nuts by turning them counterclockwise. This will enable you to move the motor back and forth.
  • After the nuts have been loosened and the motor can move freely, push the motor backward to create a taut belt.
  • Once the belt is taut, tighten the nuts so the motor can no longer move.
  • Check the fan belt tension again by pressing down in the middle to measure a ½”-¾” deflection. If you don’t have the proper fan belt tension, repeat the steps of loosening and then tightening the nuts.
  • Once you have the proper tautness, replace the cover and screw it back in.
  • Turn on the power and see if that fixed your furnace fan and squeaking furnace problem.

How to Fix Loose Furnace Fan Belt

Source: The Family Handyman

How to fix old, worn-out furnace fan belts:

Eventually the belts on belt-driven blowers will need to be replaced. Don’t attempt to replace the furnace drive belt yourself. Contact a professional and don’t run the furnace until the problem has been fixed.

Worn-Out Motor Bearings?

If the problem isn’t your furnace fan belt, it may be worn-out motor bearings. Over time the bearings take a beating from the friction of your blower motor. If you hear noise, experience sluggish air movement, or smell something odd, call your HVAC technician to inspect the fan belt and motor bearings. Since replacing bearing requires taking apart the blower motor, it’s best left to a professional HVAC technician.

If you’re not sure what is causing those strange furnace sounds or smells, turn the unit off and wait until a professional technician has had the chance to take a look.

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