As your furnace turns on and begins to warm up your house, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues keep on being unnoticed, they can lead to a breakdown later on. By discovering these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most essential, pro 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Uptown Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Uptown Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Westerville.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this problem, since it could be caused 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 lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Uptown Heating & Cooling a shout at 614-344-6949. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working safely.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need 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 electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for help from a professional heating and cooling company like Uptown 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 may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often caught during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might mean a couple of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles require pro support.
At Uptown Heating & Cooling, our pros are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating odd sounds, contact us at 614-344-6949 to schedule an appointment right away.