As your furnace starts up and prepares to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros find little issues that can make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues go ignored, they may cause trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Durable Service When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Durable Service for furnace repair in Holdrege.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro} support for this trouble, since it might 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 could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Durable Service a ring at 308-995-8177. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, because 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 residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Durable Service.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This can 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 issues are often uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these issues need professional assistance.
At Durable Service, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 308-995-8177 to schedule an appointment today.