As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up process.

But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.

1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance

Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.

It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that can make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.

If small furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble later on. By uncovering these problems sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is underway.

And most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces 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 residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it wear out faster.

Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:

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

You may have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.

3. Contact North Mechanical Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises

Some furnaces, especially older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling for furnace repair in Payson.

Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.

Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise

This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced support for this problem, 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 couple of things.

Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.

All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.

If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give North Mechanical Heating and Cooling a shout at 928-263-8570. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.

Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.

We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.

If neither of these things repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a skilled 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 frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a professional heating and cooling company like North Mechanical Heating and Cooling.

Furnace Making Knocking Noise

If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.

These problems are often uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.

Furnace Making Clicking Noise

A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these troubles need specialized help.

At North Mechanical Heating and Cooling, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 928-263-8570 to get an appointment right away.