As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since 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 our professionals spot small issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By finding these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And most essential, specialized 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. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use 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 could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact E.B. Air When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like E.B. Air for furnace repair in East Bernard.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced support for this issue, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give E.B. Air a ring at 979-335-4262. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork could 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 flag there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like E.B. Air.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This may 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 often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized help.
At E.B. Air, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 979-335-4262 to schedule an appointment today.