As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals spot minor issues that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may result in trouble later on. By unearthing these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts 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. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or odd noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling for furnace repair in Circleville.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced} support for this issue, since it could 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 several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling a call at 740-474-5940. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom 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 an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are typically uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized help.
At Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, our professionals 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 740-474-5940 to request an appointment right away.