As your furnace turns on and prepares to add warmth to your house, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals spot small issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By uncovering these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’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 eat up additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Temperature Doctors Heating & 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, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Rockford.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this problem, since it can 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling a ring at (815) 914-6197. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require 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 an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled 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 going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are usually uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems need pro help.
At Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at (815) 914-6197 to get an appointment today.