As your furnace starts up and begins to warm up your residence, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover little troubles that can make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go undetected, they may cause an issue in the future. By discovering these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most essential, pro 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more energy and make it stop working more quickly.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Air Service Co. When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Air Service Co. for furnace repair in Muldrow.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled help for this trouble, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Air Service Co. a ring at 918-212-8943. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things take care of the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled 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 dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Air Service Co..
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently unearthed during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these troubles require specialized support.
At Air Service Co., our pros are here to help you relax in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 918-212-8943 to book an appointment now.