As your furnace switches on and prepares to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover small issues that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go undetected, they may result in trouble down the road. By discovering these troubles sooner, our professionals can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy bills, 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 turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Home Comfort Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Home Comfort Heating & Air for furnace repair in Elk River.
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 is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this issue, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Home Comfort Heating & Air a call at 763-276-0617. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Home Comfort Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues need professional support.
At Home Comfort Heating & Air, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 763-276-0617 to request an appointment right away.