As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our pros uncover little troubles that might make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you prevent a malfunction on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles keep on being unnoticed, they might result in a breakdown down the road. By uncovering these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season begins.
And, most critical, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working more rapidly.
Our recommendations for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact H & H Service Company When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be louder than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or strange noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like H & H Service Company for furnace repair in Mechanicsburg.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout 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 because they exhaust fumes dissimilarly 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 want skilled assistance 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 positive thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It can mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming racket when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, as the increased gas is igniting in your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give H & H Service Company a shout at 717-220-4502. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s operating accurately.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s clogged. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
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 a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems call for support from an experienced heating and cooling company like H & H Service Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a sign that an internal part is worn out. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically caught during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles require specialized help.
At H & H Service Company, our pros are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating strange sounds, contact us at 717-220-4502 to schedule an appointment today.