As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals find minor issues that can make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems keep on being ignored, they could result in an issue down the road. By unearthing these issues early, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, pro 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 utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional gas and make it wear out more quickly.
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 often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Goode Bros AC & Heating When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, you might need to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Goode Bros AC & Heating for furnace repair in Longview.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into issues discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional assistance 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 indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside 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 just an irritating noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored annual tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Goode Bros AC & Heating a call at 903-284-2612. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating safely.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Goode Bros AC & Heating.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may mean a couple of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these issues require pro assistance.
At Goode Bros AC & Heating, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating strange sounds, contact us at 903-284-2612 to schedule an appointment today.