As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues go ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Edington Heating & Cooling Inc When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Edington Heating & Cooling Inc for furnace repair in Troy.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled} support 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 thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups 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 double-check 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 installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
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 often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help 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 a symptom that an internal component is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are often uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need specialized support.
At Edington Heating & Cooling Inc, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 937-558-9478 to request an appointment now.