As your furnace starts up and gets ready to heat your residence, it’s normal for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that could make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go undetected, they may result in trouble in the future. By unearthing these problems sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most critical, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Rockford.
Here are a couple of 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 due to the fact they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional} support for this trouble, since it might 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 had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling a call at (815) 914-6197. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled 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 dying blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are often uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting 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 troubles. All these issues need specialized support.
At Temperature Doctors Heating & 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 strange sounds, contact us at (815) 914-6197 to book an appointment now.