As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover little troubles that might make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you sidestep a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems are left ignored, they could result in trouble later on. By unearthing these troubles in advance, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Knoechel Heating Company When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Knoechel Heating Company for furnace repair in Zelienople.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout 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 discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro help for this issue, since it could be the result of 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 might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, as the increased gas is exploding inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Knoechel Heating Company a call at 724-425-5852. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running safely.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things fix 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 sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Knoechel Heating Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal part is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are usually unearthed during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles call for skilled help.
At Knoechel Heating Company, our professionals are here to help you enjoy quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 724-425-5852 to request an appointment now.