As your furnace switches on and begins to heat your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a few steps 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 ongoing. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover little issues that can make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go undetected, they may result in trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace 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 too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Rescue Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Rescue Heating & Air for furnace repair in Alice.
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 professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro} 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 can mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Rescue Heating & Air a ring at 361-265-4371. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Rescue Heating & Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At Rescue Heating & Air, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 361-265-4371 to schedule an appointment now.