As your furnace starts up and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us find small troubles that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you sidestep a malfunction on the coldest 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 minor furnace troubles keep on being undetected, they can cause a malfunction in the future. By unearthing these problems early, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And, most essential, professional 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for changing your 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. Get in Touch with E.B. Air, LLC When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or odd noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like E.B. Air, LLC for furnace repair in East Bernard.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to fix them and when to call a specialist.
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 create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled help for this problem, since it can be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making 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 make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, as the built-up gas is exploding in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give E.B. Air, LLC a ring at 979-335-4262. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems require support from an experienced heating and cooling company like E.B. Air, LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a sign that an internal component is dying. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are usually unearthed during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues require professional support.
At E.B. Air, LLC, our professionals are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or making odd sounds, contact us at 979-335-4262 to get an appointment today.