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There can be times when you are peacefully relaxing at home, and you hear a loud sound that you shouldn’t hear. It may be coming from your furnace that is screaming for a repair. You need to either fix it yourself or call an HVAC technician for more technical issues.

Furnace noises are a clear sign that there is a problem with it, and whether minor or significant, it needs to be addressed immediately. Each issue creates a different type of sound, and it can be a little tricky to figure it out. Here we will go through some familiar furnace sounds and what the related problem could be.

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The experts at sites like say that if you hear any squealing coming from your furnace, there could be various problems causing this. For one, if your furnace has a belt-driven motor, then a loose belt is to blame. If the moving parts in the furnace or the shaft bearing itself are dry, the unit will squeal. They require lubrication immediately.

Blower belt replacement is inevitable no matter which furnace you buy. Technicians generally check these during each annual tune-up. It would help if you remembered never to try to fix the blower belt yourself. You can fix the fan belt, but that’s where you stop if you don’t have the required expertise.


These sounds are apparent the second you turn on your furnace. These are indicative of issues with the blower motor. Your furnace’s blower motor is responsible for warming your home, so you want to ensure you take good care of it. If the blower motor is not maintained, then it might lead to your blower fan seizing up.

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Blower motors require constant lubrication, and this kind of lubrication is not general in application. It requires a special kind of lubricant that requires a technician but can also be done by yourself if you have the necessary knowledge. To lubricate the motor, you will have to remove it from the process, so if you’re unsure, go with the experts.

Clanks and Scrapes

If you hear a noise sounding like metal scraping against metal, then your blower wheel is in trouble. This tends to happen if the blower fan loosens and starts crashing into the blower house casing. If you hear this sound, you should turn off the furnace without any delay. This kind of sound needs to be addressed immediately.

This is not a problem you can fix yourself, so you will need a qualified HVAC technician to check it out. You might have minor damage to the blower wheel. In the worst-case, your blower fan might be broken and need to be replaced entirely.

Bangs and Booms

If you’re lucky, then this sound might indicate a small problem. As the temperature changes in the furnace, the metal ducts tend to contract and expand. It does not indicate any furnace damage and tends to go away fairly quickly. Duct sealing and air filter replacement can take care of this issue.

Duct sealing and air filter replacement can take care of this issue. Flickr

If you’re unlucky, then you might have a furnace whose burners are very dirty. This is a serious problem as unclean burners tend to cause a delay in the ignition. It, in turn, causes the gas to build up and potentially explode. Most annual tune-ups include a burner clean-up, but if you haven’t had one in a while, it’s best to call the experts.


One of the most common reasons for your furnace making a rattling sound is simply because of some loose screws or panels. It can be solved at home with a screwdriver, but there are some precautions you must take. You must ensure that your furnace is turned off when you try these repairs, and you should ensure you properly secure the access panel once you are done.

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If you can’t find any loose panels or screws, that is your indication that something is seriously wrong with your furnace. When the heat exchanger is faulty, these sounds are familiar. Your heat exchanger might be leaking or may be cracked. It tends to happen if your furnace has been subject to neglect as dirty filters and blowers can cause the heat exchanger to crack. Consult a technician immediately as you and your family may be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Final Thoughts

There are many other noises your furnace can make apart from these, such as humming or squeaking that could be caused by many problems. It is recommended to refer to a qualified HVAC technician when you’re unsure about such furnace issues.

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Char Dham Yatra resumed on Friday with more than 16,000 devotees resuming the pilgrimage from the Rishikesh camp.

As weather cleared up in Uttarakhand, Char Dham Yatra restored on Friday with more than 16,000 devotees resuming the pilgrimage from the Rishikesh camp.

According to sources, road leading to Badrinath has been repaired and helicopter service has also resumed.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami visited Dungi village and met families of people who were missing after the landslip incident, and consoled them.

Dhami assured them of all possible assistance. Two people from the village are still reported to be missing.

Pilgrims were seen leaving from Rishikesh Char Dham Bus terminal and Haridwar bus station for the pilgrimage since morning.

As per the state government, various departments -- Devasthanam Board, police are assisting the pilgrims.

Police Chowki Yatra Bus Terminal, Rishikesh, was announcing passenger-information via loudspeaker.

Free RT-PCR tests of pilgrims were being conducted at Rishikesh bus terminal.

Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board's media in-charge Dr Harish Gaur said pilgrimage was on in Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, while for Kedarnath, helicopter service was also available.

Though the weather was cold in all dhams, thankfully there was no rain, he added.

Portals of the temple in Badrinath will close on November 20, Gangotri on November 5, while that of Kedarnath and Yamunotri on November 6.

Uttarakhand floods, triggered by a major downpour from October 17 to 19, have claimed 65 lives so far, 3,500 people have been rescued while 16,000 evacuated to safety.

Seventeen teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), seven teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 15 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and 5,000 police personnel have been engaged in rescue and relief operations.

The state has already been provided with Rs 250 crore Disaster Fund which is being used for relief works.

To prevent spread of the diseases, the Central and state governments have decided to send medical teams to the affected areas.

Snapped power lines will be restored at the earliest, the government assured.

The state government said that as soon as alert for heavy rainfall was issued, the Incident Response System was activated at state and district levels, and pilgrims were halted at safer places. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Uttarakhand, India, Char Dham Yatra, PushkarDhami, Rishikesh.

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Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.

The Centre has continued the Naga peace talks with the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) leaders, but negotiations face roadblocks as the Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.

The sources aware of these developments said that the Centre was hopeful that a successful solution of the six decades-long peace talks would arrive at a logical conclusion, but in the recent statements, Naga leaders have accused the Centre of offering post-solution options.

Sources quoting the stand of Naga leaders said that NSCN's stand was loud and clear that it would not follow the forbidden route to the Naga solution that was linked to foregoing the Naga national flag and Constitution, which is the face of the Naga political struggle and identity.

The Naga leaders have also said that the Centre has been using divisive policy and flattery in the name of finding the Naga political solution when the matters heated up.

When the Centre resumed the peace process in September this year and sent the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) A.K. Mishra as the Ministry of Home Affairs' emissary to the rebel outfit's chief negotiator and general secretary T. Muivah, he assured him (Muivah) that the peace talks would be initiated under the original framework signed in 2015, a source in the Naga rebel group said.

"Here we are talking about the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution), the two issues that are holding up the Naga solution under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks in Delhi.

"The chequered history of the Indo-Naga political issue is clear enough before us, with accords and agreements that were never meant to be implemented in letter and spirit", an important office-bearer of the rebel outfit said while criticizing the governments' stand.

Accusing the Centre, he further accused the Centre of persuading the Naga people again to accept whatever is being offered to hurry up the Naga talks.

On the invitation of the Centre, the senior leaders of the NSCN-IM including T. Muivah arrived in the national capital on October 6 this year to hold another round of talks with the Centre.

Both, the Centre and the Naga leaders had indicated their keenness on resolving this long pending issue by the end of this year in an amicable manner.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had been actively involved in the resumption of the peace talks and taking it forward to a logical conclusion.

Soon after the transfer of Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor for the Naga peace talks on August 29, 2014, to Tamil Nadu, the peace talks resumed on September 20 in Kohima when the Centre representative met the Naga leaders and invited them to visit Delhi for further rounds of peace talks.

The NSCN-IM and the other outfits entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India in 1997 and over 80 rounds of negotiations with the Centre have been held in the past in successive governments. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Nagaland, India, Constitution, Politics, Flag.

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India-England test series will now be played next year from July 1 at Edgbaston Stadium

The series decider for the Test series between England and India will now be played at Edgbaston from July 1 next year, said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday. India is currently leading the series 2-1 before the fifth Test at Old Trafford was cancelled hours before the start due to concerns over COVID-19 outbreak in the tourists' camp.

"The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022. The match, which was due to take place last month at Emirates Old Trafford, was called off when India were unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of Covid-19 cases inside the camp," said an ECB statement.

"With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," added the statement.

ECB also said that due to the rescheduled Test, the white-ball series between England and India will now start six days later than originally planned. The T20I series will begin on July 7 at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the second and third matches respectively on July 9 and 10. It will be followed by the ODI series starting on July 12 at The Oval followed by Lord's and Old Trafford hosting the second and third ODI on July 14 and 17 respectively.

"Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue. Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day," further said the statement.

"We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with BCCI to creating a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far. I'm very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they've shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I'd also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible," said Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB.

"We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance. We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players' welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."

"I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale. The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution," said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Britain, BCCI, Test Match, Cricket.