As your furnace starts up and begins to add warmth to your home, it’s typical for it to create some noise. These sounds, such as the burners lighting and the blower operating, are all part of the normal start-up procedures.
But there are several steps you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Request Yearly Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, since it keeps your manufacturer warranty in place. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty time.
It can also help our professionals uncover minor issues that could make your furnace noisy. And possibly help you avoid a malfunction on the coldest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can decrease your chance of furnace breakdowns by up to 95%.
If minor furnace troubles go ignored, they may cause trouble later on. By finding these issues sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is at its peak.
And most important, pro 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 heating expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Put in a New 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. Referred to as short cycling, this can cause your furnace to consume additional gas and make it wear out faster.
Our suggestions for installing a new furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Monthly
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You could have to change your filter more frequently if you have allergies or pets.
3. Call Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning When Your Furnace Is Creating Odd Noises
Some furnaces, especially older ones, may be louder than others. But if you’re detecting extremely loud or odd noises, it may be time to contact a heating and cooling company like Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning for furnace repair in Savage.
Here are a couple of noises to be on the lookout for, how to solve them and when to get in touch with a specialist.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise is more common with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes differently than older furnaces, and the process can make some moisture. If your furnace is running into difficulties draining this water, it can make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support 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 thing when your furnace is making a banging sound. It could mean a couple of things.
Haven’t had maintenance done recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when beginning? Its burners can be dirty. Dirty burners can hold up ignition, which results in gas accumulating inside your furnace.
All that accumulated gas can create a banging or booming noise when your furnace eventually} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, since the built-up gas is exploding within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve overlooked regular maintenance for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning a ring at 952-373-0377. Our heating pros will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s operating correctly.
Your ductwork can also produce banging sounds when your furnace turns on, since the metal is expanding and contracting.
We advise first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s dirty. Next, double-check 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 issue, your ductwork might be dirty or undersized, which will call for 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 an electrical problem. This is most frequently seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will make an annoying buzzing noise when your furnace turns on. It could also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need assistance from an experienced heating and cooling company like Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s usually a symptom that an internal component is breaking down. This can be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It may also be a sign that your burners need cleaning.
These problems are typically uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC pro. So, while we’re at your house performing repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound can be the result of troubles: worn bearings, gas valve troubles or ignition troubles. All these issues need professional support.
At Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, our professionals are here to help you enjoy peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 952-373-0377 to request an appointment today.