As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your house, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower whirring, are all part of the normal start-up steps.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is extremely important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty valid. This helps protect you if something big stops working in your furnace during your warranty period.
It can also help our pros uncover minor issues that might make your furnace loud. And potentially help you avoid a breakdown on the most frigid day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that routine maintenance can lower your likelihood of furnace malfunctions by up to 95%.
If little furnace troubles go ignored, they may lead to trouble down the road. By finding these issues sooner, our pros can get your furnace fixed before heating season is in full swing.
And most critical, specialized cleaning and lubrication of your furnace’s moving parts can help make it more efficient. A correctly maintained furnace could save up to 30% on your utility costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Frequently Install a New Furnace’s Air Filter
Your air filter helps keep your house’s air fresh and clean. When it gets too dirty, it can make your furnace turn on and off too often. Known as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional energy and make it break down faster.
Our advice for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Every month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, often older ones, may be noisier than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or strange noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. for furnace repair in Hodgenville.
Here are several noises to keep an eye out for, how to repair them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s because they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can produce some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want experienced} support for this issue, since it might be created 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 could mean a few things.
Haven’t scheduled maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which results in gas accumulating within your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and create a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc. a ring at 270-358-3167. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and ensure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We recommend first checking your furnace’s air filter and replacing it if it’s dirty. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents shut in your residence, as it can make air pressure uneven.
If neither of these things repair the problem, your ductwork might 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 symptom there’s electrical troubles. This is most usually seen with a dying blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s a problem with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from a skilled heating and cooling company like Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc..
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s often a symptom that an internal piece is breaking down. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be a sign that your burners are dirty.
These problems are usually uncovered during yearly maintenance done by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your residence doing repairs, don’t forget to check with us about requesting your maintenance appointment for next year.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound may be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition troubles. All these troubles need professional assistance.
At Phelps Heating & Cooling, Inc., our specialists are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than normal or producing weird sounds, contact us at 270-358-3167 to book an appointment now.