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3 Approaches to Make Your Furnace More Quiet

As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your residence, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.

But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.

1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help us spot little troubles that might make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If minor furnace issues are left unnoticed, they could result in a malfunction in the future. By discovering these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.

And, most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2. Frequently 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 frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra energy and make it stop working faster.

Our advice for changing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Monthly
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You may have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.

3. Get in Touch with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Creating Weird Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or odd noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Moline.

Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro help for this issue, since it can be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.

Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 309-323-9584. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working properly.

Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for assistance from a skilled 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 part is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.

These troubles are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound might be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need professional support.

At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 309-323-9584 to book an appointment today.

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