As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us discover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go ignored, they may result in trouble down the road. By finding 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 gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing extremely 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 for furnace repair in Circleville.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro} 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 good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling a call at 740-474-5940. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. 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 issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require 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 frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem 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 typically a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these issues need specialized assistance.
At Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 740-474-5940 to schedule an appointment right away.