As your furnace turns on and prepares to heat your home, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros uncover little issues that can make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And most important, professional 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 energy bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call North Mechanical Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly 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 a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need skilled} support for this problem, since it might be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give North Mechanical Heating and Cooling a call at 928-263-8570. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods 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 flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced 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 going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these issues need skilled help.
At North Mechanical Heating and Cooling, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 928-263-8570 to get an appointment right away.