As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros find minor issues that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go ignored, they may result in trouble down the road. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
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 Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets 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 break down faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC for furnace repair in Ellsworth.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional} support for this issue, since it might 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC a ring at 715-318-6728. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check 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 sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems need skilled assistance.
At Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 715-318-6728 to request an appointment now.