As your furnace turns on and gets ready to warm up your house, it’s expected for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help us uncover little issues that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you avoid a meltdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If minor furnace issues go ignored, they may result in trouble later on. By discovering these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace fixed before heating season begins.
And most critical, pro 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 utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to replace your filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Brookwood Inc When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, might make more noise than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Brookwood Inc for furnace repair in Newton.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of 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 discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties discharging this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this trouble, 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 can mean several things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is creating 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 increased gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Brookwood Inc a shout at 641-316-9803. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace switches on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
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 flag there’s an electrical problem. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these problems need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Brookwood Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal part is going out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be an indication that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are often uncovered during annual maintenance provided by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these issues need professional help.
At Brookwood Inc, our specialists are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing strange sounds, contact us at 641-316-9803 to schedule an appointment right away.