As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us uncover small issues that might make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles are left unnoticed, they may result in a malfunction in the future. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And, most important, 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 heating costs, 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 turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra gas and make it stop working more rapidly.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Anderson Heating & A/C When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Anderson Heating & A/C for furnace repair in Carson City.
Here are a few noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues discharging this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced assistance for this issue, since it could be caused 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 could mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only a bothersome noise, as the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Anderson Heating & A/C a call at 775-230-7628. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating safely.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods take care of the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for help from a professional heating and cooling company like Anderson Heating & A/C.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal component is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are frequently unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these problems need pro support.
At Anderson Heating & A/C, our experts are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 775-230-7628 to get an appointment today.