As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us spot little problems that can make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they could cause trouble later on. By finding these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And, most essential, specialized 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Point Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Point Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Plover.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having issues draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled help for this problem, since it could 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 could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, because the built-up 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 regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Point Heating & Cooling a ring at 715-504-0533. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running properly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps take care of the issue, your ductwork could 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 flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Point Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a sign that an internal piece is dying. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are usually caught during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems call for professional assistance.
At Point Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 715-504-0533 to schedule an appointment now.