As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something huge malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover little problems that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles are left ignored, they can result in trouble in the future. By unearthing these issues in advance, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And, most essential, pro 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 bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact US Air Heating and Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like US Air Heating and Cooling for furnace repair in Rock Hill.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they exhaust fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled assistance for this issue, since it can 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 scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, as the built-up gas is erupting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give US Air Heating and Cooling a shout at 803-220-0761. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running accurately.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things fix the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like US Air Heating and Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually an indication that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are usually unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles call for pro support.
At US Air Heating and Cooling, our specialists are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 803-220-0761 to book an appointment today.