As your furnace turns on and begins to warm up your residence, it’s common for it to produce some noise. These sounds, including the burners firing up and the blower running, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a couple of approaches you can do to make your furnace less noisy this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge goes wrong with your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help us find minor issues that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you avoid a breakdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that annual maintenance can reduce your probability of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems are left ignored, they could lead to a breakdown later on. By unearthing these troubles early, our techs can get your furnace taken care of before heating season begins.
And, most important, pro cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving components can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Regularly Put in a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your residence’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too clogged, it can make your furnace turn on and off more than it should. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume extra energy and make it break down more quickly.
Our advice for replacing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You might have to replace your filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Get in Touch with Phelps Heating & Cooling When Your Furnace is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, could be noisier than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Phelps Heating & Cooling for furnace repair in Hodgenville.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a pro.
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 experiencing troubles draining this water, it may make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll need experienced assistance for this trouble, since it can be the result of 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 several things.
Haven’t had maintenance done lately and your furnace is producing a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating in your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can cause a banging or booming noise when your furnace ultimately does ignite. But this is more than just an annoying noise, because the built-up gas is exploding inside your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve ignored regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Phelps Heating & Cooling a ring at 270-358-3167. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working properly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace starts, because the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s filthy. Next, make sure you don’t have too many vents sealed in your house, as it can force air pressure out of balance.
If neither of these steps repair the issue, your ductwork may be dirty or undersized, which will call for assistance from a professional HVAC specialist.
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 sputtering blower fan motor, which will make a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It may also mean there’s an issue with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles require help from a skilled heating and cooling company like Phelps Heating & Cooling.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s frequently a sign that an internal piece is worn out. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a symptom that your burners need cleaning.
These troubles are frequently uncovered during regular maintenance done by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your house doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about booking your maintenance appointment for the upcoming year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could mean a couple of issues: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need pro assistance.
At Phelps Heating & Cooling, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it typically is or making strange sounds, contact us at 270-358-3167 to schedule an appointment today.