As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us spot minor issues that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you prevent a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may cause trouble later on. By finding these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional 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 Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Appalachian Heating When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Appalachian Heating for furnace repair in Mount Hope.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to contact 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 make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled} support for this issue, since it might be created 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 a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Appalachian Heating a ring at 304-707-0600. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure 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 issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Appalachian Heating.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is dying. This might 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 troubles are typically uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need pro assistance.
At Appalachian Heating, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 304-707-0600 to get an appointment today.