As your furnace starts up and gets ready to heat your house, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us discover little issues that could make your furnace annoying. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go ignored, they may lead to trouble in the future. By unearthing these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And most critical, 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 utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists for furnace repair in Palm Coast.
Here are several noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need professional support for this issue, since it may 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 a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, because the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists a call at 386-313-8766. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting 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 residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a flag there’s an electrical issue. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is dying. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often uncovered during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems need skilled assistance.
At Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 386-313-8766 to request an appointment now.