As your furnace switches on and begins to heat your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals discover small issues that might make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By discovering these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Home Comfort Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Home Comfort Heating & Air for furnace repair in Elk River.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need 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 may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Home Comfort Heating & Air a call at 763-276-0617. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut 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 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 symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Home Comfort Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues need skilled assistance.
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 book an appointment right away.