As your furnace turns on and begins to heat your house, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us discover little issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go unnoticed, they might cause trouble in the future. By finding these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it break down more rapidly.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Dearing's Service & Solutions When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Dearing's Service & Solutions for furnace repair in Huntingburg.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having issues discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled help for this problem, since it might 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 might mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in 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, because the accumulated gas is exploding inside your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored yearly service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Dearing's Service & Solutions a shout at 812-200-5844. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods fix the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
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 dying blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Dearing's Service & Solutions.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal component is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are often caught during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems call for specialized assistance.
At Dearing's Service & Solutions, our pros are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making odd sounds, contact us at 812-200-5844 to get an appointment right away.