As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the usual start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something major goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros discover small problems that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you prevent a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go ignored, they may result in a malfunction in the future. By unearthing these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And, most critical, 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 gas bills, 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 dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it wear out more quickly.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Moyer Total Indoor Comfort When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Moyer Total Indoor Comfort for furnace repair in Kutztown.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support for this trouble, since it can be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that built-up 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 built-up gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Moyer Total Indoor Comfort a shout at 484-646-3363. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running accurately.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled 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 frequently 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 trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues call for assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Moyer Total Indoor Comfort.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal piece is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These issues are frequently unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be created by problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need professional help.
At Moyer Total Indoor Comfort, our experts are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 484-646-3363 to get an appointment today.