Furnace Noise 3
List of Noises 9:
If you have a Keeprite N9MP1 single stage 90 AFUE furnace and the draft inducer has been making a high-pitched squeal then you may need to replace it:
The installation is very easy. If you have the technical ability to change your cars spark-plugs; you can do this too. Once the shipment arrived you'll find the following materials in the box:
1) motor and casing (since I bought the entire assembly)
2) 4 long threaded screws (to replace the current ones)
3) new power wire connector (to replace the current one)
4) rubber fitting with 2 clamps (which connects the inducer exhaust port to pipe of the flute)
5) o-ring style **adhesive** gasket (interfaces the draft housing to the back black plate)
6) instructional guide
Read the directions a few times before installing; then follow the instructions step by step. The only tool you need is a flat head screw driver - but no specialty tools are required.
Here is a couple items that came up during the install that the directions don't actually make mention of:
1) The gasket is a sticker-type. I guess this would be pretty obvious to some, but you do indeed need to peel the 'wax-paper' off before mounting the gasket
2) Make sure the spout coming off of the new rubber fitting is angled downwards, probably a 35 or 45 degrees angle. This enables any water to drip down the spout off the fitting, down the rubber hose and into your drain
3) Clean off the remains of the old gasket from the back plate before putting on the new one. You want the new gasket to have a good seal. Use some type of solution to remove the left-over glue from the previous gasket.
I have uploaded a picture of the old inducer before I removed it, and after. I also labeled the parts that came with the new package.
If you are noticing a really bad squeaky sound coming from the furnace and it usually happens right away when it kicks on, and then goes away after it has run for a while (but sometimes it will start at arbitrary times) then the squeaking you get there is actually the blower body vibrating on the bolts that held it in. Put a hand on it, it'd stop. A little oil around the screws & it stopped. Comes back about every three years or so; pull dust off, oil again.
If your furnace is making a loud growling/grinding sound when turned on .The sound is louder on high. and when you run the heater on low, it makes the sound off and on then it no longer makes the sound after awhile then you have a fan blade hitting something inside the unit, or the motor is going bad. That's the only moving parts to the unit unless it has a sweeping mode, moves from side to side. If it doesn't have that, then it's your fan motor or blade. You probably need to replace the motor or the whole unit, as they are fairly inexpressive.
If you are having a humming noise, similar to the hum you hear near an electric transformer box, coming from an idle heat pump's1987 York air handler. Then to your knowledge nothing is wrong when you get humming from a transformer unless it is unusually loud. They all hum. Now if it changes to a hum to a rattle, then change the transformer.
Sometimes the noise is not the transformer but the mounting is loose and just amplifies the noise. Sometimes they get louder just before burning out... but not always.
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