As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your house, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros uncover small issues that can make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go ignored, they may cause trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Put in a New 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. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Air Temperature Control When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Air Temperature Control for furnace repair in Macon.
Here are a few 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 occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional support for this issue, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can 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 sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Air Temperature Control a ring at 478-202-3170. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Air Temperature Control.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are often uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting 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 problems. All these issues need skilled help.
At Air Temperature Control, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 478-202-3170 to schedule an appointment today.