As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your residence, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals spot minor issues that might make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you prevent a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can decrease your probability of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may cause trouble down the road. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it turns 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 consume additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Central Heating & Plumbing When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may make more noise than others. But if you’re noticing extremely loud or odd noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Central Heating & Plumbing for furnace repair in New Castle.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to get in touch with a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes dissimilarly than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced} support for this problem, since it could be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that built-up gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally} does ignite. But this is more than just an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Central Heating & Plumbing a shout at 724-401-1843. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods repair the problem, your ductwork may 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 sign there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will produce a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need help from an experienced heating and cooling company like Central Heating & Plumbing.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom 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 troubles are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence working on repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these troubles need skilled help.
At Central Heating & Plumbing, our professionals are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 724-401-1843 to request an appointment right away.