As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover minor issues that could make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go ignored, they may result in trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
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 heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’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 use additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact HCE Systems When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like HCE Systems for furnace repair in Norton.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced} support for this problem, 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 may mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make 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 crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give HCE Systems a call at 276-302-0076. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled 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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like HCE Systems.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal piece is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues need professional support.
At HCE Systems, our specialists are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 276-302-0076 to schedule an appointment right away.