As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover small troubles that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems keep on being ignored, they may result in trouble later on. By uncovering these issues in advance, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns 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 consume extra energy and make it break down more quickly.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Derby.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it might 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 great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning a ring at 203-772-8319. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal piece is breaking down. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are frequently unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need skilled support.
At Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or making strange sounds, contact us at 203-772-8319 to get an appointment right away.