As your furnace switches on and gets ready to heat your home, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, like 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 less noisy this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover little troubles that might make your furnace loud. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues are left unnoticed, they can result in trouble in the future. By uncovering these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, specialized 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more energy and make it break down more rapidly.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Assured Appliance and Heating & Air When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Assured Appliance and Heating & Air for furnace repair in Genoa.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled assistance for this trouble, since it could be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, because the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Assured Appliance and Heating & Air a call at 847-306-8990. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working safely.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud 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 need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Assured Appliance and Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a sign that an internal component is breaking down. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. 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 may be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these issues require pro support.
At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, our experts are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making odd sounds, contact us at 847-306-8990 to schedule an appointment right away.