As your furnace switches on and gets ready to add warmth to your residence, it’s normal for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up steps.
But there are a couple of steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our professionals spot small issues that could make your furnace noisy. And potentially help you avoid a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues go undetected, they may cause trouble down the road. By discovering these issues sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of 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 well-maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact H & H Service Company When Your Furnace Is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing exceedingly loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like H & H Service Company for furnace repair in Mechanicsburg.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this issue, since it could 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 may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners could 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 finally} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, because the increased gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give H & H Service Company a shout at 717-220-4502. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your house, 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 be a need for assistance from a skilled HVAC specialist.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from a professional heating and cooling company like H & H Service Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These issues are often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues need skilled support.
At H & H Service Company, our professionals 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 717-220-4502 to schedule an appointment now.