As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, 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. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros spot minor issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go undetected, they may result in trouble later on. By discovering these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most essential, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely 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 eat up additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with McFadden Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like McFadden Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Dresden.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support 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 good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give McFadden Heating & Cooling a shout at 1-866-781-0111. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like McFadden Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are typically uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems need pro help.
At McFadden Heating & Cooling, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 1-866-781-0111 to get an appointment now.