As your furnace switches on and begins to warm up your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners firing up and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up process.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace run more quietly this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps shield you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our pros spot small issues that could make your furnace loud. And possibly help you prevent a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can reduce your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If small furnace problems are left ignored, they might lead to trouble later on. By discovering these troubles early, our technicians can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most essential, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A properly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it turns too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to eat up extra gas and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to get a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Bell Air Conditioning Inc. When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, can be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing extremely loud or strange noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Bell Air Conditioning Inc. for furnace repair in Belton.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to fix them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is having issues removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled help for this problem, since it might be created 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 can mean a few things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is creating a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming racket when your furnace finally does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can crack your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re detecting this noise, give Bell Air Conditioning Inc. a shout at 254-307-9572. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and double-check it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also make banging sounds when your furnace starts, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and installing a new one if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents shut in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods fix the problem, your ductwork could 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 symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most frequently seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace switches on. It may also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles call for help from a professional heating and cooling company like Bell Air Conditioning Inc..
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically an indication that an internal component is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need to be cleaned.
These problems are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance provided by a certified HVAC professional. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be created by things: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At Bell Air Conditioning Inc., our experts are here to help you relax in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating weird sounds, contact us at 254-307-9572 to book an appointment now.