As your furnace switches on and gets ready to add warmth to your house, it’s normal for it to create some noise. These sounds, including the burners lighting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros find little issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace meltdowns by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go unnoticed, they could result in trouble later on. By discovering these troubles sooner, our technicians can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And, most critical, professional 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use extra energy and make it break down faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Bon Air Service Company When Your Furnace is Producing Weird Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting exceedingly loud or weird noises, it may be time to get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Bon Air Service Company for furnace repair in Grand Prairie.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to repair them and when to call a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues removing this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced help for this problem, since it may be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a great sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming sound when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than only an annoying noise, since the accumulated gas is igniting inside your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Bon Air Service Company a call at 972-332-1028. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working accurately.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace switches on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first looking at your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents closed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these methods take care of the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a pro 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 turns on. It might also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a skilled heating and cooling company like Bon Air Service Company.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently an indication that an internal piece is dying. This might be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home doing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may mean a couple of problems: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition issues. All these troubles need pro support.
At Bon Air Service Company, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or creating odd sounds, contact us at 972-332-1028 to request an appointment today.