As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your residence, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us uncover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble in the future. By finding these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Freed Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Moline.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced support for this problem, 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-323-9584. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
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 make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Freed Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need professional support.
At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 309-323-9584 to get an appointment right away.