As your furnace starts up and begins to heat your house, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners igniting and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, because it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help us spot minor troubles that could make your furnace annoying. And possibly help you sidestep 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 minor furnace problems keep on being undetected, they might cause an issue in the future. By unearthing these problems in advance, our pros can get your furnace taken care of before heating season is at its peak.
And, most critical, specialized 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 gas expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your home’s air fresh and clean. When it becomes too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too frequently. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use more fuel and make it wear out faster.
Our advice for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to install a new filter more often if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Airtronic Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Making Weird Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or weird noises, it may be time to call a heating and cooling company like Airtronic Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Redford.
Here are a few noises to be looking for, how to solve them and when to call a professional.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise occurs more commonly with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s since they discharge fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is having troubles removing this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need pro support 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 indicator when your furnace is making a banging sound. It may mean a couple of things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners might be dirty. Dirty burners can stall ignition, which causes gas to accumulate within your furnace.
All that increased gas can cause 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 igniting in your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked annual service for your furnace and you’re hearing this noise, give Airtronic Heating & Cooling a shout at 313-230-4053. Our heating professionals will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s running accurately.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise 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 closed in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these steps repair the problem, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will require assistance from a professional HVAC tech.
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 produce an irritating buzzing noise when your furnace starts. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these issues require help from a professional heating and cooling company like Airtronic Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a sign that an internal piece 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 are dirty.
These troubles are frequently caught during yearly maintenance performed by a certified HVAC technician. So, while we’re at your home performing repairs, don’t forget to ask us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of problems: worn bearings, gas valve issues or ignition troubles. All these issues require skilled support.
At Airtronic Heating & Cooling, our pros are here to help you relax in quiet, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or creating odd sounds, contact us at 313-230-4053 to book an appointment right away.