As your furnace switches on and prepares to warm up your home, it’s typical for it to make some noise. These sounds, including the burners igniting and the blower operating, are all part of the typical start-up process.
But there are a few approaches you can do to make your furnace quieter this winter.
1. Schedule Regular Furnace Maintenance
Furnace maintenance is highly important, as it keeps your manufacturer warranty ongoing. This helps defend you if something huge stops working in your furnace during your warranty range.
It can also help our professionals find minor issues that can make your furnace noisy. And maybe help you prevent a meltdown on the chilliest day of the year. The Indoor Air Quality Association reports that regular maintenance can reduce your chance of furnace repairs by up to 95%.
If little furnace problems go undetected, they may result in trouble later on. By unearthing these troubles sooner, our techs can get your furnace repaired before heating season is underway.
And most critical, professional 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 heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Routinely Change 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 often. Called short cycling, this can cause your furnace to use additional gas and make it stop working faster.
Our suggestions for changing your furnace filter:
- Flat filter: Once a month
- Pleated filter: Every three months
You may have to install a new filter more regularly if you have allergies or pets.
3. Contact Lanz Furnace and Fireplace When Your Furnace Is Making Odd Noises
Some furnaces, particularly older ones, could be louder than others. But if you’re noticing very loud or weird noises, you should get in touch with a heating and cooling company like Lanz Furnace and Fireplace for furnace repair in Monroe.
Here are a couple of noises to keep an eye out for, how to solve them and when to call a pro.
Furnace Making Gurgling or Bubbling Noise
This noise happens more frequently with high-efficiency furnaces. That’s due to the fact they emit fumes in another way than older furnaces, and the process can create some moisture. If your furnace is having difficulties removing this water, it might make gurgling or bubbling sounds. You’ll want skilled} support for this problem, since it may 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 may mean several things.
Haven’t requested maintenance recently and your furnace is making a banging sound when starting? Its burners could be dirty. Dirty burners can delay ignition, which causes gas to accumulate in your furnace.
All that increased gas can create a banging or booming sound when your furnace ultimately} does ignite. But this is more than only an irritating noise, as the increased gas is erupting within your furnace. This can damage your furnace’s heat exchanger and make a deadly carbon monoxide leak.
If you’ve forgotten regular tune-ups for your furnace and you’re noticing this noise, give Lanz Furnace and Fireplace a ring at 608-291-3606. Our heating specialists will get your furnace tuned up and make sure it’s working correctly.
Your ductwork can also create banging sounds when your furnace turns on, as the metal is expanding and contracting.
We suggest first inspecting your furnace’s air filter and getting a new one if it’s filthy. Next, ensure you don’t have too many vents closed in your home, as it can throw off air pressure.
If neither of these methods repair the sound, 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 usually seen with a sputtering blower fan motor, which will create a loud buzzing noise when your furnace begins to heat. It can also mean there’s trouble with the capacitor or transformer. All three of these troubles need support from a professional heating and cooling company like Lanz Furnace and Fireplace.
Furnace Making Knocking Noise
If your furnace is making knocking sounds, it’s typically a symptom that an internal piece is going out. This could be anything from a bearing to a belt or the gas valve. It can also be an indication that your burners need cleaning.
These issues are usually uncovered during annual maintenance performed by a certified HVAC tech. So, while we’re at your home working on repairs, don’t forget to inquire about requesting your maintenance appointment for the future.
Furnace Making Clicking Noise
A clicking sound could be the result of things: worn bearings, gas valve problems or ignition problems. All these problems need professional assistance.
At Lanz Furnace and Fireplace, our experts are here to help you unwind in peaceful, energy-efficient comfort. If your furnace is louder than it usually is or producing weird sounds, contact us at 608-291-3606 to schedule an appointment now.