As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros spot small problems that can make your furnace loud. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may lead to a malfunction in the future. By finding these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And, most essential, 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 expenses, 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 becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc for furnace repair in Circleville.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro help for this trouble, since it could be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc a ring at 740-474-5940. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working safely.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. 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 steps repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal component is going out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are typically caught during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems call for specialized help.
At Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making strange sounds, contact us at 740-474-5940 to request an appointment now.