As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your house, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros spot minor issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go ignored, they may result in trouble down the road. By discovering these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most essential, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Thedford.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro} support for this trouble, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning a shout at 519-296-4437. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance 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 a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need pro assistance.
At Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 519-296-4437 to request an appointment right away.