As your furnace starts up and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, like the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us find minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may result in trouble in the future. By unearthing these issues sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And most essential, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC When Your Furnace Is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might be louder than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC for furnace repair in Croydon.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require professional 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 making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC a call at 215-741-5505. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a skilled HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are frequently uncovered during yearly maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems need pro support.
At Indoor Comfort Systems HVAC, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 215-741-5505 to get an appointment right away.