As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By discovering these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, 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 utility bills, 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 gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact McFadden Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like McFadden Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Dresden.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly 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 want experienced} support for this issue, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give McFadden Heating & Cooling a ring at 1-866-781-0111. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, 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 flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like McFadden Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom 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 symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are usually uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need professional support.
At McFadden Heating & Cooling, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 1-866-781-0111 to request an appointment now.