As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly 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 us find small issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go undetected, they may lead to trouble later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Stanford Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Stanford Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Bloomfield.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this problem, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Stanford Heating & Cooling a shout at 812-825-8695. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make 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 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 force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. 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 trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Stanford Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is worn 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 cleaning.
These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need specialized support.
At Stanford Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 812-825-8695 to get an appointment now.