As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your residence, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros spot minor issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go undetected, they may result in trouble later on. By finding these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces for furnace repair in Alliance.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this issue, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces a ring at 308-321-4703. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a skilled 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 part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized assistance.
At Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 308-321-4703 to book an appointment right away.