As your furnace turns on and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s expected for it to create some noise. These sounds, like the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are several things you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Book Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps protect you if something big malfunctions in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals spot small problems that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you prevent a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can lower your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace issues are left unnoticed, they may cause an issue in the future. By finding these problems sooner, our professionals can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And, most critical, specialized 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 energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too filthy, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional fuel and make it break down faster.
Our recommendations for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Brogan Heating & AC Inc When Your Furnace is Producing Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, might be noisier than others. But if you’re hearing very loud or weird noises, you might need to call a heating and cooling company like Brogan Heating & AC Inc for furnace repair in Rochester.
Here are a couple of noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to contact a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes dissimilarly older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into troubles draining this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll require skilled support for this issue, since it could be the result of by a blocked drain pipe or clogged drain pan.
Furnace Making Banging Noise
It’s not a good thing 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 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 built-up gas can create a banging or booming racket when your furnace eventually does ignite. But this is more than merely an irritating noise, since the increased gas is erupting inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and cause a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve neglected annual service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Brogan Heating & AC Inc a ring at 507-218-0088. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating safely.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking 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 residence, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these things fix the issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will be a need for assistance from a professional 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 often seen with a faltering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues need assistance from a professional heating and cooling company like Brogan Heating & AC Inc.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are often caught during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about scheduling your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can mean a couple of problems: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition issues. All these issues call for pro help.
At Brogan Heating & AC Inc, our pros are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 507-218-0088 to book an appointment now.