As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go ignored, they may cause trouble in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
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 costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Assured Appliance & Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Assured Appliance & Heating & Air for furnace repair in Genoa.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this issue, since it can 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 a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Assured Appliance & Heating & Air a shout at 847-306-8990. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting 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 house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
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 sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Assured Appliance & Heating & 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 may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are typically uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems need pro assistance.
At Assured Appliance & Heating & Air, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 847-306-8990 to get an appointment right away.