As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros find little issues that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By discovering these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Replace Your 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 often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Cooler Tymes LLC When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Cooler Tymes LLC for furnace repair in Litchfield Park.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out 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 because they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional} 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 good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Cooler Tymes LLC a ring at 623-208-6444. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise 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 residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the sound, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
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 often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Cooler Tymes LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these troubles need professional assistance.
At Cooler Tymes LLC, our professionals are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 623-208-6444 to schedule an appointment now.