As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to produce some noise. These sounds, like the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals uncover small issues that can make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace issues go undetected, they may result in trouble in the future. By discovering these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And most critical, professional 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 heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, can make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for furnace repair in Mobile.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want pro support for this problem, 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 could mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc a call at 251-471-2674. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend 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 residence, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these methods repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s an electrical problem. This is most often seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This may 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 typically uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about booking your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these issues need professional help.
At Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing odd sounds, contact us at 251-471-2674 to get an appointment today.