As your furnace turns on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros find small issues that might make your furnace loud. And possibly help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles keep on being unnoticed, they might result in a breakdown later on. By discovering these problems in advance, our professionals can get your furnace repaired 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. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume more energy and make it break down more rapidly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc When Your Furnace is Making Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc for furnace repair in Heflin.
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 occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having issues removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced support for this trouble, since it might be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc a shout at 256-270-1196. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating properly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork might 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 make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal part is going out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These problems are often caught during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these problems call for pro support.
At Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, our specialists are here to help you unwind in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 256-270-1196 to book an appointment right away.