As your furnace turns on and begins to heat your residence, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us discover little issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues keep on being undetected, they can cause a malfunction down the road. By unearthing these issues in advance, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra fuel and make it break down more rapidly.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Edington Heating & Cooling Inc When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Edington Heating & Cooling Inc for furnace repair in Troy.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this problem, 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 could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Edington Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 937-558-9478. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods take care of the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Edington Heating & Cooling Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often an indication that an internal piece is worn out. This may 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 typically caught during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems need professional assistance.
At Edington Heating & Cooling Inc, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making weird sounds, contact us at 937-558-9478 to request an appointment right away.