As your furnace turns on and gets ready to heat your home, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals spot small issues that might make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By finding these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And most important, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Pepper AC & Heat When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or odd noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Pepper AC & Heat for furnace repair in Justin.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro} support 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Pepper AC & Heat a shout at 940-202-1184. Our heating specialists 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 recommend 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 sealed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can 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 Pepper AC & Heat.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a symptom that an internal part is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems need specialized help.
At Pepper AC & Heat, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 940-202-1184 to schedule an appointment now.