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3 Ways to Make Your Furnace More Quiet

As your furnace switches on and begins to heat your house, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up steps.

But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.

1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something big goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our pros find small problems that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If small furnace troubles go undetected, they may cause a malfunction in the future. By uncovering these issues early, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.

And, most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, 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 filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra gas and make it break down faster.

Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:

  • Flat filter: Once a month
  • Pleated filter: Every three months

You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact Anderson Heating & A/C When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises

Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Anderson Heating & A/C for furnace repair in Carson City.

Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to contact a professional.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this trouble, since it may be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.

Furnace Making Banging Noise

It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.

Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.

All that increased gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just a bothersome noise, because the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Anderson Heating & A/C a ring at 775-230-7628. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running safely.

Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.

We recommend first checking 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 home, as it can throw off air pressure.

If neither of these methods fix the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.

Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise

If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Anderson Heating & A/C.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a sign that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.

These problems are typically unearthed during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could mean a couple of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems call for skilled support.

At Anderson Heating & A/C, our specialists are here to help you unwind in tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating odd sounds, contact us at 775-230-7628 to get an appointment right away.

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