As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your home, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us discover minor issues that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go undetected, they may result in trouble later on. By finding these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional 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 expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Derby.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro} support for this trouble, 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 a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning a ring at 203-772-8319. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at 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 residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need 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 usually a symptom that an internal component is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are typically uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need professional assistance.
At Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 203-772-8319 to request an appointment now.