As your furnace starts up and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros spot minor issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues are left unnoticed, they could lead to a malfunction in the future. By unearthing these problems early, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And, most critical, specialized 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra energy and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Durable Service When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Durable Service for furnace repair in Holdrege.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout 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 in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro help for this problem, since it could be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is exploding in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Durable Service a call at 308-995-8177. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled 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 create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Durable Service .
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal piece is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are frequently unearthed during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling 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 troubles. All these problems call for professional assistance.
At Durable Service , our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 308-995-8177 to book an appointment now.