As your furnace turns on and begins to warm up your home, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are several approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros spot little issues that might make your furnace annoying. And potentially help you sidestep a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If minor furnace problems go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our pros can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Bain Heating & Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Bain Heating & Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Heflin.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to fix them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro} support for this trouble, 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 might mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when beginning? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the increased gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Bain Heating & Air Conditioning a ring at 256-270-1196. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because 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 closed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the sound, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Bain Heating & Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are often uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition issues. All these troubles need professional support.
At Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, our specialists are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 256-270-1196 to get an appointment today.