As your furnace starts up and prepares to heat your home, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros discover minor issues that could make your furnace loud. And possibly help you avoid a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may cause trouble down the road. By finding these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most critical, 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Rescue Heating & Air When Your Furnace Is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Rescue Heating & Air for furnace repair in Alice.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this trouble, 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Rescue Heating & Air a shout at 361-265-4371. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. 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 steps repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a professional 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 might also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these problems need pro help.
At Rescue Heating & Air, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 361-265-4371 to book an appointment today.