As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up procedures.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals uncover minor issues that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they may lead to trouble later on. By unearthing these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, specialized 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 energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations 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. Call Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or strange noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Pflugerville.
Here are a few noises to keep an eye out for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this issue, since it might 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 may mean a few things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 512-355-1482. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. 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 methods repair the problem, your ductwork may 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 sign there’s an electrical issue. This is most usually seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are usually uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these problems need pro help.
At Evenaire Heating & Air Conditioning, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing odd sounds, contact us at 512-355-1482 to schedule an appointment today.