As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as 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 our professionals discover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, pro 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Freed Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should get in touch with 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 repair them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties 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 great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-323-9584. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork could 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 symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance 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 usually a symptom that an internal component is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are usually uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these problems need specialized support.
At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 309-323-9584 to book an appointment now.