As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to create 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 several approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble later on. By unearthing these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And most critical, professional 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 heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Pepper AC & Heat When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Pepper AC & Heat for furnace repair in Justin.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this trouble, 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Pepper AC & Heat a shout at 940-202-1184. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
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 usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Pepper AC & Heat.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are usually uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these problems need specialized support.
At Pepper AC & Heat, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 940-202-1184 to request an appointment today.