As your furnace starts up 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 operating, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us spot small problems that might make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles keep on being unnoticed, they can result in a malfunction down the road. By unearthing these issues early, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most critical, pro 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. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with SchagrinGAS Company When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like SchagrinGAS Company for furnace repair in Middletown.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro help for this issue, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, since the built-up gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give SchagrinGAS Company a ring at 302-231-1380. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working accurately.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods take care of the problem, your ductwork may 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 sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like SchagrinGAS Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal part is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are typically caught during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems require skilled help.
At SchagrinGAS Company, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making odd sounds, contact us at 302-231-1380 to request an appointment now.