As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major 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 maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles keep on being ignored, they may cause an issue down the road. By discovering these issues early, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And, most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra energy and make it break down more rapidly.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Airmen HVAC Service When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Airmen HVAC Service for furnace repair in Montoursville.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes dissimilarly 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 need professional help for this trouble, since it might be the result of 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Airmen HVAC Service a call at 570-322-3131. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps take care of the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled 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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Airmen HVAC Service.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are typically uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At Airmen HVAC Service, our specialists are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 570-322-3131 to book an appointment right away.