As your furnace switches on and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals discover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Booneville Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Booneville Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Booneville.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional} support for this trouble, since it might 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 may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Booneville Heating & Cooling a shout at 662-269-8716. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as 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 sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Booneville Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This could 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 usually uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these issues need professional assistance.
At Booneville Heating & Cooling, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 662-269-8716 to schedule an appointment today.