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Make Your Furnace Operate More Quietly with These 3 Things

As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.

But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.

It can also help our pros spot little issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.

If small furnace problems go ignored, they could result in trouble later on. By uncovering these troubles early, 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 parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter

Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra gas and make it wear out faster.

Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You could have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Air Temperature Control When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Air Temperature Control for furnace repair in Macon.

Here are several noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled help for this problem, since it might be caused 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 may mean a few things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, because the increased gas is igniting inside 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 hearing this noise, give Air Temperature Control a ring at 478-202-3170. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating accurately.

Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can 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 Air Temperature Control.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often an indication that an internal part is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.

These issues are often unearthed during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues require specialized assistance.

At Air Temperature Control, our experts are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 478-202-3170 to get an appointment right away.

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