As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the usual start-up steps.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals discover little issues that can make your furnace loud. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles go unnoticed, they may lead to trouble in the future. By discovering these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, professional cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components 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. Routinely Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Ameri-Tec When Your Furnace Is Creating Strange Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re hearing exceedingly loud or weird noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Ameri-Tec for furnace repair in Narvon.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to contact a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing difficulties draining this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced support for this issue, since it might 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 could mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when turning on? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that built-up gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Ameri-Tec a ring at 717-479-4950. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace starts, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s clogged. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed 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 require 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 issue. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need help from a professional heating and cooling company like Ameri-Tec.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a sign that your burners need to be cleaned.
These troubles are often uncovered during annual maintenance done by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound might be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these problems need skilled help.
At Ameri-Tec, our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing strange sounds, contact us at 717-479-4950 to get an appointment right away.