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Make Your Furnace Run More Quietly with These 3 Methods

As your furnace starts up and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.

But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our professionals spot small troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If minor furnace problems are left undetected, they may lead to an issue down the road. By finding these problems in advance, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.

And, most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down more quickly.

Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Every month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Call Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises

Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces for furnace repair in Alliance.

Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this trouble, since it may be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance this year and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces a call at 308-646-3827. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.

If neither of these steps fix the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.

These troubles are frequently caught during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues require specialized support.

At Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 308-646-3827 to request an appointment right away.

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