As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect 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 sidestep a meltdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go undetected, they may cause trouble later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install 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. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Pliescott HVAC Services LLC When Your Furnace Is Creating Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you might need to contact a heating and cooling company like Pliescott HVAC Services LLC for furnace repair in Cambridge.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to take care of them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they discharge fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro support for this problem, since it could 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 producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Pliescott HVAC Services LLC a call at 410-228-4822. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it 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 methods repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Pliescott HVAC Services LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles need specialized support.
At Pliescott HVAC Services LLC, our specialists are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 410-228-4822 to schedule an appointment now.