As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Point Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact 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 repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled} 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Point Heating & Cooling a shout at 715-504-0533. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork might 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 sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Point Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these problems need specialized assistance.
At Point Heating & Cooling, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 715-504-0533 to book an appointment right away.