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 igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros find little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may cause trouble down the road. By discovering these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Derby.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair 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 discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced} support for this trouble, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay 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 merely an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 203-772-8319. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might 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 Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal component is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these issues need specialized support.
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 it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 203-772-8319 to book an appointment now.