As your furnace switches on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us find minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you sidestep a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go unnoticed, they may cause trouble in the future. By uncovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most essential, 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with AC Sales When Your Furnace Is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or odd noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like AC Sales for furnace repair in Lafayette.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want professional 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 might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give AC Sales a call at (337) 234-2345. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call 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 problem. This is most often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make 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 troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like AC Sales.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are typically uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition problems. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At AC Sales, 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 (337) 234-2345 to schedule an appointment now.