As your furnace switches on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros spot minor issues that can make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they can lead to an issue down the road. By uncovering these problems in advance, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season is at its peak.
And, most essential, 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 bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it wear out more rapidly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or strange noises, you should call a heating and cooling company like Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Bossier City.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to contact a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled support 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 great indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is producing 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 increased gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is exploding in your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored annual service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 800-COOLING. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first checking your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps fix the sound, your ductwork may 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 flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are often unearthed during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting 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 professional help.
At Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning, our pros are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 800-COOLING to get an appointment now.