As your furnace turns on and begins to heat your home, it’s expected for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are a few things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps shield you if something major stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us spot little issues that could make your furnace loud. And maybe help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems keep on being ignored, they might lead to trouble in the future. By discovering these problems early, our professionals can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up additional fuel and make it stop working more quickly.
Our recommendations for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC When Your Furnace is Producing Strange Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re detecting very loud or weird noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC for furnace repair in Kingsville.
Here are several noises to be on the lookout for, how to take care of them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they exhaust fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing issues draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require experienced help for this trouble, since it could be caused by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which leads gas to accumulate inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely an annoying noise, because the accumulated gas is igniting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a life-threatening carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked yearly tune-ups for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC a call at 361-214-1203. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s running correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace turns on, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first looking at your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things fix the sound, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
Furnace Making Humming or Buzzing Noise
If your furnace is buzzing or humming, it’s a sign there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal part is worn out. This may be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It might also be a symptom that your burners are dirty.
These issues are typically uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about scheduling your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can mean a couple of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these problems need skilled support.
At Four Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating LLC, our professionals are here to help you enjoy tranquil, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or making odd sounds, contact us at 361-214-1203 to book an appointment now.