As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as 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 our pros uncover minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues go ignored, they may result in trouble down the road. By unearthing these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is in full swing.
And most important, professional 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in 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 often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Covington Air Systems When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Covington Air Systems for furnace repair in Covington.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common 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 experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require pro support for this problem, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when turning on? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, as the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Covington Air Systems a call at (770) 462-5319. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise 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 residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork may 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 symptom there’s an electrical issue. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Covington Air Systems.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are often uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these troubles need professional support.
At Covington Air Systems, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at (770) 462-5319 to book an appointment today.