As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your residence, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Request Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps shield you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go undetected, they might result in a breakdown down the road. By finding these issues in advance, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is underway.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Air Houston Mechanical LLC When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Air Houston Mechanical LLC for furnace repair in Huffman.
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 due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles discharging this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled help for this problem, since it can be caused 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 might mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected yearly maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Air Houston Mechanical LLC a call at 832-224-3887. 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 turns on, since 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 shut in your home, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these things take care of the problem, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Air Houston Mechanical LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a sign that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are frequently caught during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be created by troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these issues call for skilled support.
At Air Houston Mechanical LLC, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making weird sounds, contact us at 832-224-3887 to get an appointment right away.