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Make Your Furnace Run More Quietly with These 3 Approaches

As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.

But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.

It can also help our pros find small troubles that could make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.

If little furnace issues keep on being ignored, they may cause a malfunction in the future. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.

And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up more gas and make it break down more rapidly.

Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You might have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with McFadden Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Strange Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like McFadden Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Dresden.

Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional help for this trouble, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.

All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is igniting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve forgotten yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give McFadden Heating & Cooling a ring at 1-866-781-0111. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating properly.

Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these steps fix the sound, 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 an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like McFadden Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.

These issues are frequently caught during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire 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 problems. All these troubles call for skilled support.

At McFadden Heating & Cooling, our specialists are here to help you relax in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 1-866-781-0111 to get an appointment right away.

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