As your furnace switches on and prepares to heat your house, it’s common for it to make some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower whirring, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is very important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps defend you if something major malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals find minor troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep a breakdown on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your likelihood of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If small furnace troubles are left ignored, they could lead to a breakdown in the future. By finding these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And, most critical, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving pieces can help make it more efficient. A well- maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your gas costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional energy and make it stop working faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc When Your Furnace is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or weird noises, you should contact a heating and cooling company like Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc for furnace repair in Bossier City.
Here are a few 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 since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is experiencing troubles discharging this water, it could make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced assistance for this trouble, since it may be created by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a positive sign when your furnace is making a banging sound. It might mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done this year and your furnace is producing a banging sound when turning on? Its burners may be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can make a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than merely a bothersome noise, because the accumulated gas is exploding within your furnace. This can break your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten yearly service for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc a shout at 318-855-2326. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace switches on, as 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, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things take care of the issue, your ductwork could be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC technician.
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 sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It might also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need support from an experienced heating and cooling company like Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically an indication that an internal piece is dying. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It could also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These troubles are typically unearthed during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could mean a couple of things: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition problems. All these troubles require skilled assistance.
At Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc, our experts are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or creating strange sounds, contact us at 318-855-2326 to request an appointment now.