As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros spot minor issues that could make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go ignored, they can result in an issue later on. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And, most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more gas and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Thedford.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional assistance for this problem, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, since the accumulated gas is exploding in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored yearly service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 519-296-4437. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often an indication that an internal piece is dying. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need pro assistance.
At Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 519-296-4437 to get an appointment now.