As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your home, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Regular 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 period.
It can also help our pros spot little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By finding these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Speed Air When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Speed Air for furnace repair in Tannersville.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled} support for this trouble, 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Speed Air a ring at 800-941-0247. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Speed Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these troubles need professional support.
At Speed Air, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 800-941-0247 to get an appointment right away.