As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us find small problems that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles are left ignored, they could cause trouble down the road. By finding these troubles in advance, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most essential, professional 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 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 gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more gas and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Freed Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Moline.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having issues draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want professional support for this trouble, since it can 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within 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 annoying noise, as the built-up gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a shout at 309-323-9584. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise 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 closed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps take care of the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal piece is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically unearthed during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles require skilled assistance.
At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or making weird sounds, contact us at 309-323-9584 to request an appointment right away.