As your furnace starts up and gets ready to heat your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us discover little problems that could make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles are left unnoticed, they can cause an issue down the road. By unearthing these troubles in advance, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, 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 gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra gas and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call HCE Systems Inc When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like HCE Systems Inc for furnace repair in Norton.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this issue, since it may be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the built-up gas is igniting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give HCE Systems Inc a call at 276-302-0076. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working safely.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking 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 house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro 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 faltering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems call for help from a professional heating and cooling company like HCE Systems Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This could 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 usually unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized help.
At HCE Systems Inc, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating weird sounds, contact us at 276-302-0076 to get an appointment right away.