As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us spot little issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Thedford.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced} support for this issue, since it could 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning a shout at 519-296-4437. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro 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 often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support 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 frequently a symptom that an internal part is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are typically uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need professional assistance.
At Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 519-296-4437 to request an appointment now.