As your furnace turns on and gets ready to heat your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us discover minor issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By uncovering these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Assured Appliance & Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Assured Appliance & Heating & Air for furnace repair in Genoa.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this problem, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Assured Appliance & Heating & Air a shout at 847-306-8990. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Assured Appliance & Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are often uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need skilled support.
At Assured Appliance & Heating & Air, our specialists are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 847-306-8990 to schedule an appointment now.