As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals find minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go ignored, they may result in trouble in the future. By discovering these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your 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 frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Stanford Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with 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 fix them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced} 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 several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Stanford Heating & Cooling a call at 812-825-8695. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help 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 component is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems need professional support.
At Stanford Heating & Cooling, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 812-825-8695 to schedule an appointment now.